July 21, 2017

Daisy Dilemma

Leucanthemum vulgare - Ox-eye daisy

Janine Pineo Photo | Leucanthemum vulgare – Ox-eye daisy

Say howdy to enemy of several western states, the noxious Leucanthemum vulgare or ox-eye daisy. Growing in every American state and nearly all Canadian provinces, this European and Asian native has long been growing on these shores. A perennial herb, ox-eye daisy is the quintessential daisy, with its white ray florets and yellow disc. It can be found in fields and disturbed sites across Maine, although rarely in such numbers to be considered obnoxious. The plant spreads via seeds and also by rhizome, which can grow full plants if fragments are left in the soil. That is why it is so hard to eradicate. Daisies may look delicate, but they are as tough as nails.