Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) is native to Europe and Western Asia. It is invasive in all 50 states and most of Canada. Oxeye daisy is an aggressive perennial herbaceous plant with white and yellow flowers. It thrives in a variety of environments and soil types, allowing it to spread rapidly. It becomes established in wild areas, grasslands, and disturbed areas, where reproduces quickly thanks to its ability to produce hundreds of seeds and to reproduce via rhizomes. Oxeye daisy is difficult to control and eradicate. Its large populations decrease native plant diversity.

Oxeye daisy is commonly planted in yards and gardens, where it easily escapes cultivation. While its sale is now banned in some states, seeds and a variety of cultivars are still widely sold. Fortunately, there are many native flowers that will support pollinators and look great in your garden.

Native Alternatives

False sunflower

(Heliopsis helianthoides)

Eastern Purple Coneflower

(Echinacea purpurea)

Black-eyed Susan

(Rudbeckia hirta)


(Aster spp.)