Ox-Eye Daisy


Scientific Name: Leucanthemum vulgare

Description. Ox-eye Daisy is a perennial ornamental that looks similar to the domestic shasta daisy found in gardens, but the flowers are half the size and the plants are typically no more than a foot high in our mountain environments. Its leaves are an inch or two long and a single plant can produce 10s of flowering stems.

Methods that work.
1. Hand-pulling. Pulling up plants is an effective way of getting rid of this plant. However, it is tough to get the roots out because the stems often break at ground level. Hand tools are needed in order to dig out the roots. If the rootball is removed, the plant will not grow back from small root fragments. Hand-pulling works. This is the method we use to control ox-eye daisy.
2. Spot-spraying with Milestone. Milestone is a very mild herbicide that kills some plants. It works on ox-eye daisy. It is not commonly available in stores, but it can be purchased online and some municipalities may make it available. A small amount goes a long way. Be sure to read the label.