Ox-eye daisy

Ox-eye Daisy

Report all sightings of ox-eye daisy. It is a threat to the ACT's biodiversity.

Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) is an upright and long-lived herbaceous plant with sparsely branched stems usually growing 30-60 cm tall. Its leaves are alternately arranged along the stems, but form a basal rosette during the early stages of growth.

The rosette leaves are stalked and have slightly toothed to lobed margins, while the upper stem leaves are smaller, narrower, and usually stalkless with toothed margins.
Its flower-heads (2-6 cm across) are like a typical 'daisy' with numerous white 'petals' and a yellow centre.

These flower-heads give rise to numerous small ribbed 'seeds' (about 2.5 mm long).
Confused with: shasta daisy, Leucanthemum X superbum, which generally has unbranched stems, flowers in heads 5–8 cm wide and regularly toothed leaves. Leucanthemum vulgare has irregularly toothed or lobed leaves.

What to do if you see them

  • do not pick or disturb plants
  • report all sightings to canberranaturemap.org or phone: 13 22 81
  • your accurate information is vital to guide ACT Parks and Conservation Service staff to the site to destroy the plants
  • mark the site with flagging tape or other colourful material placed close to the plants
  • take a close-up photograph of the plants
  • take a grid reference or GPS point (note datum), draw a map, recording the nearest access point, trail walking or creek.

See the ox-eye daisy poster (PDF 1MB)