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Ox Eye Daisy - Is it a weed?

BalaBala Posts: 113
edited July 2018 in Problem solving
I have managed to germinate and grow tens of Ox Eye Daisy this year. Only yesterday I was reading few articles that said Ox Eye Daisy is a weed and it spreads rapidly and quickly.

Is it true?  

The one I have already grown is this

The one I bought and planning to grow (before reading the article) is

The articles I looked into are


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,573
    I bought a packet of ox eye daisy seed, wanting the slender things on the grass verges by the motorway.  The ones I got are much more thuggish. I am starting to eliminate them . It may be my soil is too rich, but in my garden they get far too tall and just too big, and they spread.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,415
    edited July 2018
    If you want to grow wild flowers you have to accept that some people will call them weeds. 
    Weed doesn't mean anything, or maybe different things to different people.
    sometimes weed means a native plant
    sometimes it means 'that's too invasive for my garden'
    sometimes it just means 'I don't like that'

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • If you like a plant and want it grow it. I do, ain't all flowers weeds to someone ??
    "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,079
    I grow it - it's a great 'pioneer' species - it gets a foothold in rough grass areas which lets other 'weeds' like corn cockles and mallow get established by growing in its roots. It is tough and it does self seed readily but I don't find it too difficult to weed out where I don't want it - it has distinctive leaves which makes weeding easy.
    Gardening on the edge of Exmoor, in Devon

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,857
    Not thuggish here ... just lovely to see in the patch I call my 'wilderness' under the trees and behind the pond.   My children used to call them Moon Daisies because they were what the Moon Mouse ate   <3

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,944
    My view on this, is very simple. Do you like it?
    If so, it is not a weed.
    I don't like Hyacinths, therefore they are weeds, and I do not grow them. If one appeared by some miracle, I would remove it.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,855
    I'm sure nobody consider oak trees to be weeds, but should an acorn germinate in your border, or lawn, then most of us would consider removing it.
     I suppose , in those circumstances, it'd be a weed.
  • Ruby12Ruby12 Posts: 2,193
    Weed if you don’t like it . Garden flower if you do . Never found them thuggish here . I love them .
     Occasional flights into reality. B) 
  • FireFire Posts: 18,946
    I grow it on purpose.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,415
    Fire said:
    I grow it on purpose.
    so do I and a large number of other natives

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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