Leucanthemum vulgare

Synonyms: Chrysanthemum leucanthemum

Common names: ox-eye daisy; dog daisy; margriet; marguerite daisy; moon daisy; white daisy; yellow daisy;

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy) is a perennial forb/herb (family Asteraceae). It is commonly sold at nurseries. Oxeye daisy is found in both the North Coast Range and northern Sierra Nevada from sea level bluffs and canyons to alpine mountain meadows at 7,000 feet (2200 m), and from central California to Oregon. Oxeye daisy displaces native plant species, growing so densely it excludes other vegetation. It is not known to be used as a good forage by animals. While not considered poisonous to cows, it does impart a disagreeable taste to their milk.

Rating: Moderate

Cal-IPC Resources

  • Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.
  • CalWeedMapper - Statewide maps, climate models, and reports.
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  • Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings - Presentations and papers from our annual Symposium.
  • Don't Plant a Pest! - Select your region to find non-invasive alternatives to ornamental species. Also see our statewide brochure on trees.

Other Resources

  • USDA PLANTS database -
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  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from the UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium.
  • CalFlora - Distribution information by county based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.
  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.

Symposium Presentations

  • Carrithers, V., B. Miller, et al. (2005). Aminopyralid: A new reduced risk active ingredient for control of broadleaf invasive and noxious weeds. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2005. Chico, CA.
  • Donaldson, S., W. West, et al. (2003). Getting the job done: Working within the regulatory environment at Lake Tahoe to manage weeds. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2003. Kings Beach, CA.

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • None for this species.