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Control of Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye daisyControl of Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Oxeye daisy is a perennial weed commonly found in poor and wetter pastures – especially where there is pugging and is common on dairy pasture sidelings in the Waikato.  This weed is also commonly found on roadsides and other waste areas.  Oxeye daisy has conspicuous, white, daisy-like flowers that are up to 6cm in diameter.  Flowers occur from August to May as solitary blooms, or a few flowers, in clusters on long stalks.  Leaves are dark green, hairless or sparsely hairy.  Leaves at the base of stems are elliptical or spoon shaped, up to 12cm long and 2cm wide with long stalks and toothed margins.  Leaves on the upper stem are smaller with few or no teeth.  Leaves on smaller stems are narrow, without stalks.  Stems are upright, and can be either branched or unbranched.  Lobed or toothed and clasp the stem.  Roots are short rhizomes. 

Control of oxeye daisy
  • Oxeye daisy is not well controlled by either Pasture-Kleen* Xtra or Maestro (MCPA) herbicides.
  • Oxeye daisy can be controlled in pasture, without damaging valuable clovers, by applications of Preside* to active growth in the spring.  Repeat applications over consecutive spring times will be required. 
  • Tordon* MAX either as a broadcast or spot spray treatment, will provide control without damage to pasture grasses.  However, clovers will be removed from the sward for approx 12 months. 

* Registered trademark of Dow AgroSciences

Tordon MAX, Pasture-Kleen Xtra, Maestro and Preside are registered pursuant to the ACVM act 1997 No’s P7231, 7295, 7316 and 4815.

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