Is this Oxeye

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  1. David Tang

    David Tang Active Member

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    Wonder if this is Oxeye daisy.
    Found a caterpillar in the center of one flower.
    The part showing is about 5mm. So the whole length
    is about 9-10mm. Could be a Pyralidae moth caterpillar.
    Wish to ID the foodplant to narrow the ID of the caterpillar.
     

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    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    Would be really helpful to see whole plant.+ Clear pics to show the leaves.
    There are several plants with white daisy like flowers.
     
  3. David Tang

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    Thanks.
    Will try to shoot the leaves.
     
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    Re-shoot the "oxeye" this morning
     

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  5. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Is this a cultivated setting?
     
  6. David Tang

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    Yes, in the Community Farm.
     
  7. Georgia Strait

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    I have similar currently in bloom at the coast

    a sturdy old volunteer

    I never used to like it — now I find its singular simplicity quite charming (and easy care on the edge of gravel driveway)

    We grew up calling it « Shasta daisy »

    I do not know Latin name
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Shasta daisy is a hybrid, Leucanthemum × superbum, with one parent being the oxeye daisy.
    Here is a page on oxeye daisy: Chrysanthemum leucanthemum: Oxeye Daisy. Weed control, history and uses..
    About mid-way down the page at Types of Daisies: A Visual Compendium - FTD.com, there is a comparison photo of the flowers. (You can click something to skip the survey).

    The photos are excellent, as usual, but it also helps (people who can identify these things) to know how tall the plants are and how big the flowers are (and often the leaf dimensions too).
     
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    That is interesting — I wonder where Shasta name comes from (I immediately relate to volcano Northern California)

    This video about badly behaved Shasta daisies from a garden Center in Ireland is oddly amusing

    I like the shirts he wears while gardening with a pick axe - kind of like loggers’ sports meets Chelsea Flower Show

     
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    Thanks all.
    Flower : 3-4"
    Leaf : 4-5"
    Height : 3 feet
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Yes, from Douglas Justice's July 2020 in the Neighbourhood - UBC Botanical Garden, in which Shasta Daisy is one of the featured plants: "[Luther] Burbank coined the common name for the snows of Mt. Shasta in northern California."
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    I would agree - very amusing, shirts notwithstanding. I always enjoy watching other people work and in this case, removing Shasta daisies is something I can definitely relate to. The year I deadheaded 300 spent blossoms was the year I decided I didn't enjoy them all that much but it took me much longer than the logger to get rid of them.

    It was good that he decided not to replace the tall Shasta daisies with shorter versions because they didn't really show up in front of the white hydrangea regardless.

    Imagine having such a large garden (and so much energy) to mess around in!
     

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