'I've grown these flowers for many years, but it was only when I photographed them that I noticed their red centres' J J Marshall
In the Language of Flowers, the Ox-Eye Daisy denotes patience, even though it is one of the easier plants to grow.
Wild versions of the flower can be seen along the roadsides and in grasslands and meadows, while the cultivated flower has become popular in gardens for its obliging way of surviving neglect and hot, dry positions not favoured by many other flowers. For the same reasons, it is also frequently used in tubs, baskets and window boxes. Their other major contribution to the garden is their profuse and repeat flowering which begins in June and can go on through to November if they are dead-headed regularly and the weather remains sufficiently mild.
The Ox-Eye Daisy grows 1-3 feet tall from numerous stems, and each flower comprises more than a dozen white ray florets surrounding a compact yellow disc, sometimes with a red centre. It is a native of Europe and a perennial.
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