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0X-EYE DAISY Leucanthemum vulgare

We generally begin our assessment of a person as handsome or beautiful, masculine or feminine, tall or short, all of which are external attributes. If we are wise, we know that the real measure is the character of the person such as honesty, trustworthiness, dependability, kindness, and so on. In 1 Samuel 16: 7 (NIV) we read, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

The wildflower we examine today is pretty to look at but has an invasive spirit. As settlers arrived along the East Coast they began to clear the forests for farming. Soon cattle and horses were imported. The hay that accompanied them contained the seeds of the ox-eye daisy. It is commonly believed that a scourge of Europe was thus accidentally inflicted upon the New World.

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Orrin Morris is a retired Baptist minister, local artist and art teacher. To purchase a two-volume set of books featuring his wildflower columns, visit The Sketching Pad in Olde Town Conyers, or call 770-929-3697 or text 404-824-3697. Email him at odmsketchingpad@yahoo.com.

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