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Oxeye daisy identification and control: Leucanthemum vulgare

Oxeye daisy identification and control

Leucanthemum vulgare

oxeye daisy plant

This perennial herb is a serious weed in 40 countries. It escapes to roadsides and spreads to pastures, rangeland, croplands and open meadows. It is not readily grazed by cattle, but if eaten it gives milk an off-flavor. 

Legal status in King County, Washington

Oxeye daisy is a Class C noxious weed on the Washington State Noxious Weed List. It is widespread in western Washington and control is not required in King County. It is on the King County non-regulated noxious weed list.

Oxeye daisy is also on the Washington quarantine list (known as the prohibited plants list) and it is prohibited to transport, buy, sell, offer for sale, or to distribute plants or plant parts, seeds in packets, blends or "wildflower mixes" of this species, into or within the state of Washington.

For more information about noxious weed regulations and definitions, see Noxious weed lists and laws.

Additional information on oxeye daisy

What to do if you find this plant in King County, Washington

Because this plant is so widespread, property owners are not required to control it and we do not track locations.  However, our program staff can provide property owners or land managers advice on how best to control it.

Oxeye daisy photos

oxeye daisy plant - click for larger image
oxeye daisy infest - click for larger image


Related information

Related agencies

Program offices are located at 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104. To contact staff, see the Noxious Weed Control Program Directory, send an email, or call 206-477-WEED (206-477-9333).