Mediterranean Daisy

What is Meditteranean daisy?

(Urospermum dalechampii)
Mediterranean daisy flowersGeneric Weed Distribution Map
  • Mediterranean daisy is a weed of native grasslands.
  • Mediterranean daisy is a declared weed in Tasmania under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999. The importation, sale and distribution of Mediterranean daisy are prohibited in Tasmania.

How to identify Mediterranean daisy

  • Mediterranean daisy is a perennial (long-lived) herb growing to 60 cm. It is very similar to the common dandelion. The older leaves towards the base of the plant have lobes directed backwards, while the younger leaves clasp the higher parts of the stem and are elongated oval in shape and widest below their middle. Both the leaves and stems are covered by fine hairs, and have a grey-green appearance.
  • Mediterranean daisy usually flowers in spring, but may flower over longer periods in some years. The flowers are a pale yellow and about 4.5 cm across (larger than a dandelion flower), and the petals have blunt dark tips that are divided into four or five teeth. The flowers produce a dandelion-like fluffy seed head.

Mediterranean daisy flower heads Mediterranean daisy leaves
Mediterranean daisy seed heads Mediterranean daisy flowers
Image top right: Mediterranean daisy flowers
Images above top row, left - right: Mediterranean daisy flower heads; Mediterranean daisy leaves
Images above bottom row, left - right: Mediterranean daisy seed heads, Clump of Mediterranean daisy flowers

Mediterranean daisy in Tasmania

  • Mediterranean daisy occurs in Tasmania's south, with the largest infestations occurring in the Hobart and Clarence municipalities (see map). Mediterranean daisy appears to be spreading rapidly, especially on drier sites that have been disturbed.
  • Mediterranean daisy is only known as a serious weed in Tasmania where it competes with native grassland species. As well as growing from seed, it re-sprouts each year from the rootstock. Re-spouting occurs in autumn after a period of summer dormancy.

What is the legal status of Mediterranean daisy in your area?

Detailed management and control guidelines for Mediterranean daisy can be found in the Mediterranean Daisy Control Guide. Refer also to Herbicides for Mediterranean Daisy Control. For further information see DPIPWE's Weed Links and Resources.

See also
Mediterranean Daisy Control Guide
Herbicides for Mediterranean Daisy Control
Statutory Management Plan for Mediterranean Daisy
Weed Links and Resources

Other useful links
Pest Genie

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