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Oxeye daisy
Photo Credit: Daniel Laubhann

Common Name: Oxeye daisy

Scientific Name: Leucanthemum vulgare

Habitat: disturbed areas, roadsides, clearings, grassland, grassland dry, grassland wet

Provincial Designation: Noxious

Noxious weeds are plant species that are designated as "noxious weeds" in the Alberta weed regulation. Noxious weeds must be controlled, meaning their growth or spread needs to be prevented.

Origin

Oxeye daisy was introduced to North America from Europe in the early 1800s as a grass seed contaminant. Later, it was cultivated as an ornamental plant and is still sold as a wildflower in many seed mixes.

Legislated Because

Oxeye daisy has become a serious invader of pastures and natural areas throughout North America where it displaces desired vegetation. This plant is known to harbour crop diseases.

Description

Flowers have yellow centers surrounded by white petals. Single flower heads grow on the end of un-branched stems and are 12-20 mm wide.

A key identifying characteristic of this species is that each plant has at least some oblong and spoon-shaped leaves with toothed edges.

Oxeye daisy stems grow 30-60 cm high and are typically hairless.

Learn more about this species:

See Fact Sheets - Alberta Invasive Species Council

For More Information

Weed Management

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email invasiveweeds@edmonton.ca

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