Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare Lam.)

Oxeye Daisy is a short-lived perennial that grows between 20 and 80 cm tall. It is originally from Eurasia. It reproduces both by seed and vegetatively from the roots. Some plants can produce up to 500 seeds and remain viable in the soil for 2-3 years. The leaves are variable in shape from lance-shaped to spoon-shaped. They are toothed and stalkless.

LRISS Category: STRATEGIC CONTROL

Habitat & Ecology

It occurs in mid to low elevations most often along disturbed areas like roadsides and fields. It often occurs on landings and forestry roads.

Impacts

It can invade pastures and hay fields. It is not palatable to cattle. It can reduce forage for both livestock and wildlife.

Management

It is very difficult to control this plant if the infestation becomes too large. Small infestations should be completely dug from the ground before seed sets. Seeding the disturbed spot can help to create cover and prevent new daisys from emerging. It is very important to treat this species quickly when it is small and manageable. Minimize disturbance on your property to help prevent establishment. Contact LRISS for other management information.

References

Province of British Columbia. 2002. A Guide to Weeds in British Columbia.