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
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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.

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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.

Posted by: Julie Bicket - LeSueur county, German/Jefferson lakes area.
on: 2019-06-16 01:11:48

These daisies have emerged on the top of our bank, in fields and ditches in the area around the lakes. Along the ridge of our bank/bluff. I pulled them two years ago, had very few last year, and this year are back more prolifically.

Posted by: Sharon L Adams - North Branch
on: 2020-07-20 11:52:23

I've seen a few of these along the walking path off of county road 30/old hwy 61 in North Branch. I didn't realize they were invasive -- what a shame because they always have insect pollinators on them.

Posted by: Dan Sandell - Hennepin County
on: 2021-06-22 14:00:16

We have them in our yard in Robbinsdale and a big infestation in Golden Valley.

Posted by: Steve Viste - South of Audubon on my lake lot
on: 2021-07-14 12:02:15

I thought that they looked nice in that bunch so I mowed around them. I spoke with a friend of mine retired from the fish and wildlife and he also said that they are Invasive. Off to spray and remove.

Posted by: Anne
on: 2022-01-29 18:22:17

According to Midwest Foraging by Lisa Rose, you can eat the early spring greens in salads and eat the summer flowers, too! Might be a fun way to get rid of a patch on your yard (assuming you've identified it correctly and you know the soil is not contaminated with herbicide or other pollutants).

Posted by: Kara M Heupel - Prior Lake
on: 2022-05-23 19:10:08

They are all along the ditches i our neighborhood

Posted by: - Mankato, Blue Earth County
on: 2023-05-26 10:26:25

I have them in my yard in Mankato

Posted by: Sandy Sedivy - Maine township in Ottertail County
on: 2023-10-18 05:14:40

I noticed these this summer on the edges and ditches along a lake road I often walk. They appear to be spreading because now I see more and more individual clumps that haven't produced stems yet.

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