Leucanthemum vulgare (Ox-eye Daisy)

Plant Info
Also known as: Common Daisy, Marguerite
Family:Asteraceae (Aster)
Life cycle:perennial
  • Invasive - ERADICATE!
Habitat:part shade, sun; disturbed soil, fields, along roads
Bloom season:June - August
Plant height:1 to 3 feet
Wetland Indicator Status:GP: UPL MW: UPL NCNE: UPL
MN county distribution (click map to enlarge):Minnesota county distribution map
National distribution (click map to enlarge):National distribution map

Pick an image for a larger view. See the glossary for icon descriptions.

Detailed Information

Flower: Flower shape: 7+petals

[photo of flowers] A single flower 1 to 2 inches across is at the end of a long, mostly naked flower stalk at the top of the stem, sometimes also arising from uppermost leaf axils. Flowers have 15 to 35 white petals (ray flowers) and a golden yellow button shaped center disk, up to ¾ inch across. The bracts surrounding the base of the flower are in 2 to 4 layers and are green with dark purplish-brown edging.

Leaves and stem: Leaf attachment: alternate Leaf attachment: basal Leaf type: lobed Leaf type: simple

[photo of stem and mid-stem leaves] Basal and lowest stem leaves are up to 5 inches long and ¾ inch wide, generally spoon to spatula shaped with narrow lobes or large teeth and a long stalk. Leaves become smaller, more linear-oblong, and stalkless as they ascend the stem. Stems are multiple from the base (up to 40), seldom branched, angled or furrowed, and mostly hairless. Large colonies can form from creeping rhizomes.

Fruit: Fruit type: seed without plume

The center disk becomes a head of dry, brown, ribbed seeds that lack tufts of hair. Each flower produces up to 200 seeds.


Ox-eye Daisy, formerly known as Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, is easily recognizable, commonly found in gardens all across the US. It was brought over from Europe in the 1800s, escaped into the wild and has become an aggressive, invasive breeder, often seen along roadsides, trail edges, in old fields and other disturbed soils. The leaves easily distinguish this species from others with similar flowers. Leucanthemum vulgare is one of the parents of Shasta Daisy, a popular garden plant that is reputed to lack the invasive tendency of its parent. Time will tell.

Please visit our sponsors

  • Minnesota Native Plant Society

Where to buy native seed and plants ↓

Map of native plant purveyors in the upper midwest

  • Shooting Star Native Seeds - Native Prairie Grass and Wildflower Seeds
  • Morning Sky Greenery - Native Prairie Plants
  • Minnesota Native Landscapes - Your Ecological Problem Solvers
  • Natural Shore Technologies - Using science to improve land and water
  • Itasca Ladyslipper Farm - Native orchids, container grown

More photos

Photos by K. Chayka taken in Aitkin and Ramsey counties. Other photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk.


Have you seen this plant in Minnesota, or have any other comments about it?

Posted by: Paul - Hitterdal Mn
on: 2013-12-21 18:45:35

saw a bunch of this on a federal wpa just west of hitterdal, pretty, didnt realize it was invasive till now.. http://s485.photobucket.com/user/fishnrodds/media/FILE0248.jpg.html

Posted by: Teich - Cook county
on: 2015-06-01 18:07:04

Can be scene in the ditches all around grand Marais

Posted by: Melissa - Bemidji
on: 2015-06-21 12:27:51

These are growing alongside the Paul Bunyan State Trail going south out of Bemidji.

Post a comment

Note: All comments are moderated before posting to keep the riff-raff out. An email address is required, but will not be posted—it will only be used for information exchange between the 2 of us (if needed) and will never be given to a 3rd party without your express permission.

For info on subjects other than plant identification (gardening, invasive species control, edible plants, etc.), please check the links and invasive species pages for additional resources.


Note: Comments or information about plants outside of Minnesota and neighboring states may not be posted because Id like to keep the focus of this web site centered on Minnesota. Thanks for your understanding.