Oxeye Daisy Illustration

Oxeye Daisy

Leucanthemum vulgare

Oxeye Daisy is a perennial broadleaf weed that is also known as Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, White Daisy, Whiteweed, Field Daisy, Marguerite and Poorland Flower. Its scientific name is Leucanthemum vulgare.

Identify

Rosette

Rosette

Lobed

Lobed

Spatulate

Spatulate

Oxeye Daisy is a clump-forming broadleaf weed featuring vertically growing stems that emerge from a rosette of leaves and terminate in attractive, daisy-like flowers. Its stems are smooth and mostly unbranched, and all of its leaves are hairless and smooth. Oxeye Daisy leaf shape varies with its location on the plant and with the plant’s age. When growing in grass, the rosettes consist of mostly thick, leathery, basal-type leaves.

Life Cycle

This broadleaf weed thrives in degraded areas as well as high-fertility soils and lawns. It can also be found growing in meadows, pastures, waste areas and nurseries and along roadsides. Oxeye Daisy thrives throughout much of North America.

Life Cycle Image

Control

Leucanthemum vulgarefrequently shows up in lawns and can be difficult and time-consuming to remove when relying only on cultural weed control methods. Good lawn-mowing practices can remove the stem and flower head but often leave the rosette and roots intact, requiring tedious hand-pulling.

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