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Leucanthemum vulgare
oxeye daisy

Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east across most of North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Open, disturbed areas including roadsides, pastures, prairies, grasslands and wastelots.

Flowers: May-October

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies, beetles, wasps


Nearly glabrous perennial from a rhizome, the usually simple stem 2-8 dm. tall.


Basal leaves petiolate, oblanceolate, 4-15 cm. long, with rounded teeth or lobes; cauline leaves reduced, becoming sessile, variable, with few or many blunt teeth or nearly entire.


Heads solitary on the ends of the branches on naked peduncles, the disk 10-20 mm. wide; involucre bracts narrow with a dark brown margin, the outer lance-triangular, the inner oblong; rays white, pistillate, fertile, 15-20, 1-2 cm. long; disk flowers yellow, tubular with 4-5 lobes, perfect; pappus none.


Achene terete, 10-ribbed.

Accepted Name:
Leucanthemum vulgare Lam.
Publication: Fl. Franç. 2: 137. 1779.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum L. [HC]
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum L. var. pinnatifidum Lecoq & Lamotte
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Leucanthemum vulgare in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Leucanthemum vulgare checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Leucanthemum vulgare information.

E-Flora BC: Leucanthemum vulgare atlas page.

CalPhotos: Leucanthemum vulgare photos.

USDA Plants: Leucanthemum vulgare information.

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