While you may think this image is of a beautiful and cheerful daisy that you would like to have in your garden (and may actually have planted there), in reality, it is considered an “invasive” plant, or weed, that threatens the integrity of our local ecosystem. The Oxeye Daisy has been given the status of “noxious weed” in Alberta, meaning that landowners must by law control it to prevent it from spreading, due to the negative impact it can have on the survival of native plants and natural systems in the province. Invasive plants are able to thrive and quickly spread in environments which lack conditions that normally regulate their growth and keep them in check, such as temperature extremes, presence of grazers, and water availability, to name a few. Since these plants can establish themselves so well in certain non-native areas – where these controlling factors are absent – they can seriously threaten locally adapted plants in their ability to outcompete them for the resources necessary for growth (ie. sunlight, water, space).
The Oxeye Daisy has been identified in many public spaces and on homeowner property in Redwood, and is in fact one of the most prominent “weeds” in our community. As a way of educating our residents and working to eradicate this invasive plant species, Sustainable Redwood is working together with the Alberta Native Plant Council (ANPC) and Rocky View County to organise a community weed pull. It is a great opportunity to learn from the experts at ANPC and Rocky View County about both native and invasive plants and the importance of eradicating and properly disposing of weeds.
So, please join us in this community effort to rid our natural areas of the OxEye Daisy! All participants will receive information on the Oxeye Daisy and a package of native plant seeds as a thank you to you for your efforts!!!
Date: Saturday, June 22nd
Time: 10 am to noon
Please meet at Redwood House, with gardening or work gloves and water in case you get thirsty on our walk. Dress for the weather, as we will go rain or shine!!!! Bring the whole family, a great educational opportunity for all ages!!