A familiar and attractive grassland perennial found in meadows, grass verges and railway embankments. It flourishes in well drained poor to medium rich soils. The 12-18in plants produce a single flower of white petals surrounding a yellow eye between late may and early Sep. The plant spreads by the use of seeding producing up to 400 seeds per flower head. In dense meadows it’s going to need other aggressive species kept in check and will have the benefit of scarifying on a bi-annual basis. The open flower heads of Ox-eye daisy attract a wide variety of pollinating insects particularly bees, butterflies and hoverflies.
For cultivation under cover for more formal planting the following year sow in Aug / Sept. Sow finely in trays and barely cover with temperature between 15-20C. Do not exclude light. Germination in 15-30 days in correct conditions.
When large enough to maintain transplant to trays, grow on, steadily hardening off planting out in spring finally danger of frost has passed. If deadheaded you are going to get a second flush of blooms
For meadows and drifts of colour the seed may also be broadcast sown. Scatter seed extremely thinly on clear broken soil from Mar to May or if in a grassed area the ground should be scarified to reduce competition and well watered in.
Allow the plants to set seed before cutting down or disturbing the area. Mowing / cutting down in late autumn will aid growth the following year.
Professional DEFRA licenced Quality Seed Supply only – Minimal packaging – Ziplock labelled bags – Instructions not attached – See details provided above for cultivation advice.