Plant of the Day

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Leucanthemum vulgare (ox-eye daisy, marguerite, big daisy, bull daisy, field daisy, horse daisy, midsummer daisy, moon daisy, moon flower, pretty maids) is a star of grassland situations. This rhizomatous perennial has dark green leaves and solitary white, daisy-like flowerheads with yellow disk florets. It is ideal for meadows with moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. The plant has limited capacity for vegetative spread and is dependent on seed for regeneration and so requires an open grass sward if its seedlings are to be successful. Here it is flowering with pink Lychnis flos-cuculi (ragged-robin).

Jill Raggett


@gilan-davidsson no flower crowns probably bc u can’t blend into the trees with a really cool floral headband. I just finished book four finally so I obviously had to make fan art for this slightly obscure fandom- googled flower descriptions under the cut 

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She shared grass-of-Parnassus with Elizabeth Bishop because it grew near the bluebell’s sog, and in Nova Scotia too. It was a part of the inherent poetry of names: lady’s slipper, sundew, jack-in-the-pulpit, forget-me-not, goldthread, buttercup, buttonbush, goldenrod, moonshine, honeysuckle, star grass, jewelweed, milkwort, butter-and-eggs, lion’s heart, Solomon’s seal, Venus’s looking-glass, with some names based on likeness, plant character, or human attitude, such as virgin’s bower, crowfoot, Queen Anne’s lace, Quaker lady, wake-robin, love vine, bellwort, moneywort, richweed, moccasin flower, snakemouth, ladies’ tresses, blue curls, lizard’s tail, goosefoot, ragged robin, hairy beardtongue, turtlehead, Dutchman’s-breeches, calico, thimbleweed, and finally bishop’s cap; or because they were critter-connected much as mad-dog was, hog peanut, gopherberry, goose tansy, butterfly weed, bee balm, moth mullen, cowwheat, deer vine, fleabane, horseheal, goat’s-rue, dogberry; or were based on location and function and friendliness like clammy ground cherry, water willow, stone clover, swamp candle, shinleaf, seedbox, eyebright, bedstraw, firewood, stonecrop, Indian physic, heal all, pitcher plant, purple boneset, agueweed, pleurisy root, toothwort, feverfew; or were simply borrowed from their fruiting season like the mayapple, or taken from root or stem or stalk or fruit or bloom or leaf, like arrowhead, spiderwort, seven-angled pipewort, foamflower, liverleaf, shrubby fivefinger, bloodroot; while sometimes they gained their name principally through their growth habit, as the staggerbush did, the sidesaddle flower, prostrate tick trefoil, loosestrife, spatterdock, steeplebush, Jacob’s ladder; although often the names served as warnings about a plant’s hostility or shyness the way poison ivy or touch-me-not did, wild sensitive pea, lambkill, adder’s tongue, poison flagroot, tearthumb, king devil, needlegrass, skunk cabbage, chokeberry, scorpion grass, viper’s bugloss, bitter nightshade, and lance-leaved tickseed; or they were meant to be sarcastic and cutting like New Jersey tea, bastard toadflax, false vervain, mouse-eared chickweed, swamp lousewort, monkey flower, corpse plant, pickerelweed, Indiana poke, and the parasitic naked broom rape, or, finally, gall-of-the-earth–
—  William H. Gass, Emma Enters a Sentence of Elizabeth Bishop’s