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Biological controls for OX-EYE DAISY coming soon.





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OXEYE DAISY — Chrysanthemum leucanthemum L.

Asteraceae — (Sunflower family)

Often transplanted as an ornamental, oxeye daisy is an erect rhizomatous perennial, ten to twenty-four inches tall, glabrous to sparsely hairy. Leaves progressively reduce in size upward on stem. Basal and lower stem leaves are oblanceolate to narrowly obovate, two to five inches long including the petiole, margin crenate to lobed or parted. Upper leaves become sessile and merely toothed. Its white flower heads with yellow centers are solitary at the ends of branches, about one and a half inches long. Fruits have about ten ribs.

Oxeye daisy is a native of Eurasia and has escaped cultivation. It can be found in meadows, roadsides and waste places. Persons picking the “pretty” flowers easily spread Oxeye Daisy plants. Wildlife and livestock do not like to graze or walk through an area infested with Oxeye daisy since the plants irritate their legs and faces. Thus oxeye daisy can directly reduce wildlife habitat. Flowering occurs from June through August.

Growth Habit: Perennial, erect to 2` tall. 

Leaves: Lower leaves – lance-shaped, 2 to 5" long including short stalk, margins lobed or deeply parted. Upper leaves – lance-shaped, attached directly to stem, margins toothed.

Stems: Numerous from root crown, terminating in flowers.

Flower: Solitary, 1½" wide, numerous white petals and a yellow center. Flowers June to August.

Roots: Fibrous.

Seeds: Straw colored, 1/8" long.

Other: Eurasian introduction, escaped from cultivation.

(Courtesy of Weeds of the West)