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Ox-eye Daisies

Dave Cheetham (June)

Right now these giant daisies are everywhere and when found in large numbers are quite breathtaking. I took this shot of a cluster of Ox-eye daisies along the bank of the river Conwy but you'll find them growing wild along riverbanks, roadsides verges, roundabouts and all manner of places.

My favorite fact about oxide daisies is that the ancient Celts believed these daises were the spirits of young children that died during birth.

It's interesting that although this is such a large, attractive flower (growing up to 900mm high), many insects donâÂ.Â.t like Ox-eye Daisies thanks to its bitter taste, in fact many farm animals won't even touch them either.
In days gone by farmers used to squeeze the juice of the plant into the bedding of livestock to repel insects. There is even an 'old wives tale that suggests you should plant ox-eye daisies near your kitchen door to repel insects.

Historically Ox-eye daisies were also used to create medicine in order to treat whooping cough, night sweats, asthma, nervous conditions and jaundice. They were also used externally to treat ulcers, bruises, cuts and conjunctivitis.
However, I wouldn't recommend that anyone rush to try it out as a remedy for anything these days as the juice of the Ox-eye Daisy can be a significant skin irritant.

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