The spotted pipsissewa blossoms a little later than its twin-sister. Its slightly toothed leaves are conspicuously marked with white.
White Daisy. White-weed. Ox-eyed Daisy.
Chrysanthemum Leucanthemum. Composite Family (p. 13).
The common white daisy stars the June meadows with those gold-centred blossoms which delight the eyes of the beautylover while they make sore the heart of the farmer, for the " white-weed," as he calls it, is hurtful to pasture land and difficult to eradicate.
The true daisy is the Bellis perennis of England, - the Wee, modest crimson-tippit flower of Burns. This was first called "day's eye," because it closed at night and opened at dawn, That well by reason men it call may, The Daisie, or else the eye of the day, sang Chaucer nearly four hundred years ago. In England our flower is called "ox-eye" and "moon daisy;" in Scotland, "dog-daisy."
The plant is not native to this country, but was brought from the Old World by the early colonists.