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Leucanthemum vulgare Lam. (Oxeye Daisy, Moon-daisy, Marguerite)

Date 11 June 2005
OS grid ref SU56
Lat/Lon 51° 20' N, 1° 10' W
Location Vice County: Berks, VC22, England
Stage or state In flower
Identification Notes: When we moved into the house in 1990, the lawn was quite biodiverse (some would say "weedy"), mossy, and of low fertility (we're on acid tertiary deposits). From the species mix it was presumably originally laid with "wild" turf. In about 1995 we decided to mow it as a wildflower meadow. Two species that were already present, Oxeye Daisy and, to a lesser extent, Cat's Ear (Hypochaeris radicata) thrived. The former rapidly built up dominance over most of the lawn. The areas where it didn't thrive were either of higher nutrient status where Ribwort (Plantago lanceolata) became dominant, or too shady.

This series of photos represents the peak of Oxeye Daisy dominance, approximately 10 years after establishing the lawn. In subsequent years their numbers declined and the hemi-parasitic Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor), which we'd introduced as seed several years previously, took over as dominant flower. It been hanging on in odd corners as a few plants each year, waiting for the fertility to fall.

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