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Name: Oxeye Daisy

Description: Oxeye daisy is a small perennial and our largest native member of the daisy family. A resilient little flower, look for oxeye daisies on roadside verges, meadows and waste ground. The yellow centre of the oxeye daisy is made up of many small flowers which hold nectar and are exploited by various pollinating insects, including butterflies, bees and hoverflies. The Latin name Leucanthemum is said to have originated from the ancient Greek word ‘leucos’, meaning white. It was thought to be strongly linked to divination, particularly in France, where it would be used in romantic predictions. These links to divination have filtered down to the modern game of ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ where petals are picked to determine luck in love.

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