Leucanthemum vulgare

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ox-eye daisy

Leucanthemum vulgare Lam.
  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – Common
  • Global Invasive Species Database – No
  • NatureServe Rank – Medium
  • Haber, Upland – No
  • Haber, Wetland – No
  • CWF, Status & Invasive Range – Moderate, widespread
  • Alberta Revegetation Guidelines – No
  • The Nature Conservancy – No
  • CBCN – No
  • AB Weed – Noxious


An attractive, low-maintenance “Daisy” often seen in gardens, particularly as a component of “Wildflower” seed mixes. Difficult to differentiate from Shasta Daisy, a hybrid of this and several other species. Shasta Daisy can be pollinated by ox-eye and produce fertile seed. Any Daisy resembling ox-eye daisy grown for ornamental purposes should be dead-headed before seed matures, and eliminated if it shows a tendency to spread vegetatively.

Edible: the young leaves can be added to salads, but they have a strong flavor. Roots have been used as a potherb, and the flowers might be useful for flavoring fermenting wine (try this with caution, and do report your results).

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Szczawinski & Turner, Edible Garden Weeds of Canada, ISBN 0-88902-752-8

[1] Alberta Invasive Plants Council ox-eye daisy factsheet.