Ox-Eye Daisy Seeds (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)

Packet of 1,000 Seeds
Sale price $2.95 Regular price $3.50

Single Packet of 1,000 Seeds

This seed packet measures 3.25″ wide by 4.50" tall and includes a clear & colorful illustration on the front. It also includes detailed seed sowing instructions on the reverse side as well. All seeds sold by Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and are intended for the current and the following growing season. All seeds are produced from open pollinated plants, stored in a temperature controlled facility and are constantly moved out due to popularity.

Product Description

The Ox-Eye or Oxeye Daisy has many names: Bull Daisy, Button Daisy, Dog Daisy, Field Daisy, Goldens Marguerite, Midsummer Daisy, Moon Flower, and White Weed. Also its name Leucanthemum vulgare, which means “common white flower,” used to be Chrysanthemum Leucanthemum, “gold flower, white flower.”

This pretty flower is native to Europe and the temperate regions of Asia. In Europe it's considered a noxious weed because it takes over fields where large cattle graze. Goats, sheep, and horses will eat this weed, but not cows or pigs. It tends to take over fields where cows eat other plants around it giving the Oxeye room to grow. As such, this particular member of the Chamomile tribe is both loved and hated. For herbalists, and gardeners, the Oxeye Daisy is an appealing flowering plant to be planted or harvested from the wild. It will attract butterflies, and is a good starter for any garden. However, farmers tend not to like it.

This is a terrestrial (non-aquatic) plant that prefers disturbed lands and road sides. It's fairly easy to grow from seed and is great for beginners. Ox-Eye Daisies can grow in pretty well any location with half to full daily sun. It's a hardy perennial so it's difficult to kill, and does better with age. The roots, leaves and flowers are edible, and have some medicinal uses. For information on medicinal uses seek professional guidance. As for its edible purposes, the roots can be eaten in early spring before they turn bitter. The leaves make a great addition to small greens salads such as those made of arugula and spinach, and the flowers can be candied or pickled.

The leaves are simple, and alternating with lobed blades. The flower head has tubular disk flowers in the center and strap shaped ray flowers around the periphery. The upper leaves are narrow and clasp to the stem but the lower leaves are spoon shaped. The Leucanthemum vulgare is easily confused with the Shasta Daisy and Scentless Chamomile. The Shasta Daisy can grow six to ten inches taller and has a root ball where the Ox-Eye daisy has a creeping root system. Scentless Chamomile is an annual and has smaller flowers with more finely separated leaves.

Overall this is an easy plant for beginners and a beloved flower for the experienced gardener. Because the Ox-Eye bloom so well in the summer, its addition to patio side container gardens is never a miss. It grows well on its own or in a pollinators mix. Also, the nature of this plants growth habits make wild Ox-Eye Daisy a favorite for the herbalist to collect rather than grow.

Sowing The Seed

Daisy seeds can be sown indoors, or directly outdoors. If started indoors, sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Sow at a depth of 1/16” under topsoil. Because the seeds require a bit of direct light to germinate, we suggest that you do not bury the seeds deeper than the recommended sowing depth mentioned above. Transplant entire peat pots, or direct sow outdoors, when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed.

Growing Conditions

Daisies will thrive in an area of full sunlight to light shade. They require temperatures of at least 70F, and a sowing medium that is moderately fertile, but also well drained. To increase drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to areas that contain hard, compact soil. Water the seeds daily with a mist setting, or spray bottle, to ensure that they receive ample moisture, until germination has occurred.

Germination & Growth

Ox-Eye Daisy seeds are known to germinate within 7 to 14 days after sowing. The plants themselves will reach a mature height of roughly 24 inches tall and can be spaced anywhere from 12 to 18 inches apart from one another. Ox-Eye Daisy will produce 2 inch, pure white blooms, which will attract an array of beneficial insects to the garden.

Our Promise

We promise to never knowingly carry or sell GMO based seed products. All seeds sold through Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and the vast majority seeds are produced from open pollinated plants. (A very low number of our seed products are F1 hybrids) Our seed stock is stored in a temperature controlled facility and our products are constantly moved out due to popularity. Each and every packet is intended for the current and the following growing season and will not be marked with an expiration date.

If you are to store your seeds for successful growth in the following year, we recommend placing the packets in an airtight ziplock bag. Place your seeds in a cool, dark and dry area of the home, such as a basement where they are kept at room temperature or below.

Our Guarantee

It is our goal to make you a happy customer! If you experience any problems with your seeds such as germination issues, we will replace or refund any seed product within 180 days of your purchase date. Please contact us directly for a resolution to any problems that you are having with our products.

Question: When should I sow these seeds?
Answer: This is something you must research for your specific region. We offer a ton of helpful articles in our Blog that explain in depth how to successfully grow the seeds within our shop. All of our product pages have useful information on sowing as well.

Question: What is the size of this packet?
Answer: Our traditional packages are 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall. Some of our larger packages of Corn, Beans and Peas will be 4" wide by 4.675" tall, and our Wildflower packages containing bulk seeds are usually 4.50" wide by 6.45" inches tall.

Question: Are your seeds heirloom?
Answer: In short yes, a vast majority of the plant varieties we carry are heirloom. Heirlooms are varieties that have been passed down for generations.

Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: No, we promise to never knowingly carry or supply any GMO based seed products and steer clear of seed producers from major GMO companies, such as Monsanto.

Question: Are your seeds Organic?
Answer: No, at this time we do not sell organic seeds.

Question: How long will shipping take?
Answer: This can sometimes depend on the size of your order, however 95% of our orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours. All orders ship First Class by default and can take 2 - 5 business days to arrive. Orders placed on a Friday may not ship until the following Monday.

Question: What if my seeds don't grow?
Answer: If you experience any problems with our seed products, contact us within 180 days of your purchase date for a resolution.

Question: Do the packages have sowing instructions on them?
Answer: Yes, all of our seed packets have detailed sowing information on the reverse side as well as a QR code that leads to the original product page here on our website.

Question: Why is there no expiration date on your seed packages?
Answer: Our seeds are contained within a temperature controlled facility in airtight containers. When we ship our seed products to customers, we fill a small portion of packets that sell on a weekly basis. We do not print an expiration date on the packets since the large majority of seeds technically do not expire for long periods of time, IF they are stored in the proper conditions. If you plan to store or save your seeds for the following year, we suggest placing them in a ziplock bag, later storing them in a dark, cool and dry area of the home.

Question: Can I receive a catalog in the mail?
Answer: At this time, we are focused on remaining solely online. We do not send paper catalogs in an effort to save more trees, as well as keep our prices low.

Question: I did not receive an invoice for my order.
Answer: We do not send paper invoices with our orders since the invoice can be viewed online with your Seed Needs account. You will also receive an invoice / order confirmation through email.

Question: What is the difference between a hybrid variety and a GMO based seed product.
Answer: Hybrids are a NATURAL process of cross pollinating two species, thus producing a first generation hybrid (F1.) For example: Mixing a red, double blooming, single stem sunflower, with a yellow, multi branching sunflower might result in a orange-red, double blooming, multibranching plant.

GMO based seed products are a completely different and unatural process of gene splicing in a laboratory. The process entails the introduction of a separate biological kingdom, such as a bacteria, or a pesticide. This bacteria or pesticide is then eaten directly by the consumer when the crops reach maturity. (BAD NEWS)

Question: Can you ship these seeds overseas?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and Canada.