Invasive Plant

Oxeye Daisy

Leucanthemum vulgare

About This Species

Originally from Eurasia, Oxeye daisy was first introduced to North America in seed mixes. It is still commonly sold in many store-bought wildflower mixes and remains popular among gardeners despite its negative impacts. It spreads rapidly and is often found in pastures, grasslands, waste areas and along roadsides. A single plant can produce up to 26,000 seeds that can survive in the soil for up to 20 years. In large infestations, Oxeye daisy reduces the number of native plants and reduces forage for livestock and wildlife. This plant is considered a noxious weed in the many parts of BC.

How to Identify

Oxeye daisy has a typical daisy-like appearance, with single white flowers at the end of stems that contain 20-30 petals and a yellow center. Stems range from 20 to 80 cm in height and have wavy leaves that clasp toward the stem. Scentless chamomile (Matricaria maritima) is a similar species; however its leaves are fern-like, and it has smaller flowerheads.

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