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oxeye daisy

Leucanthemum vulgare Lam.

USDA PLANTS Symbol: LEVU
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Herb


Synonym(s): ox-eye daisy

Appearance
Leucanthemum vulgare is an invasive perennial that can reach from 1-3 ft. (0.3-1 m) in height. A single plant can produce from 1-40 flowering stems.
Foliage
Leaves are 1-4 in. (2.5-10 cm) long, toothed (or lobed) and decrease in size closer to the apex of the stem. Basal leaves are spoon-shaped and petiolate.
Flowers
Flowering occurs all summer, when daisy-like flower heads develop.
Fruit
Each flower head can produce up to 200 flat seeds that are 0.08 in. (2 mm) long.
Ecological Threat
Leucanthemum vulgare is native to Europe and was introduced into the United States as an ornamental in the 1800s. The plants have been shown to carry several crop diseases. It can thrive in a wide variety of soil types and can grow in sun to partial shade.