Sunday, October 10, 2010

some of the famous "white stuff"

Here's some of my favorite "white stuff" flowers. One of my friends was convinced it was a variety of yarrow, but it looks nothing like yarrow to me.

It has very tough stems, so if you don't like it it's impossible to pull out or to string trim. The bees seem to be very fond of the little miniature daisies, but my attempts to catch them enjoying the nectar were sabotaged by the wind.

It does seem to like growing at the edges of things: the edge of the parking gravel, the edge of the house, the edge of the woods. I like it a lot, but I have no intention of letting it invade all the flower beds.


  1. Those look like oxeye daisies to me, but I could be wrong. If they are, they are considered noxious weeds. I think.
    They are pretty little things, though.

  2. They might also be scentless chamomile, which is also considered noxious. You should Google and find out. In either case, try to keep them contained so they don't invade your pasture (Where your cows will be. Eventually. When you get cows. Or one cow. Whatever.)

  3. I checked that "oxeye daisies" are indeed what I call "daisies"--no, the flowers are much much smaller than that. The scentless chamomile is supposed to have flowers "18 to 30cm" which at the low end is only a tiny bit larger than these (smaller than my thumbnail, which is about half an inch) and the description of the taproot seems comparable, but the foliage just doesn't look right. It certainly behaves like a noxious weed.

    My not-yet-pasture is full of ironweed and goldenrod and milkweed and Queen Anne's lace, as well as plenty of "that stuff." At some point someone tried to seed it with lespedeza, which is still surviving in places; in others the fescue is doing better at surviving.

  4. I agree with Sis, if it isn't a proper daisy, it is a noxious weed and best gotten rid of. Even if I can't remember the name.