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Yellow Oxeye

Telekia speciosa

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Daisy, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Coneflower, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Daisy Bush, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Ragwort, Golden Samphire, Goldilocks Aster, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jersey Cudweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mountain Everlasting, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Roman Chamomile, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shasta Daisy, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Treasureflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White African Daisy, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Gardens, grassland, meadows, riversides, waterside.

Yellow, many petals
Large, yellowish-orange, daisy-like flowers with long, narrow, shaggy petals. The many disc florets are a brownish-yellow. Flowers have 5 stamens each.
The fruit is a bristly achene with a pappus (hairs) on top.
Sharply double-toothed, heart-shaped leaves. Only the lower leaves are stalked. The leaves are rough underneath and glabrous on top. Perennial.
Very fragrant.
Other Names:
Heartleaf Oxeye, Heart-leaved Ox Eye, Ox-eye Daisy, Telekia.
Frequency (UK):

Similar Species

Other Information


Telekia speciosa, also known as the oxeye daisy or yellow oxeye, is a species of perennial herb in the sunflower family that is native to Europe and Asia. It typically grows to about 1-1.5 meters tall and has large, coarse, hairy leaves. The plant produces large yellow flowers with a central brown disk and a yellow ray florets in the summer. The plant is very hardy and can grow in a variety of soils and conditions. It is often used as an ornamental plant, due to its large, showy flowers and its ability to naturalize easily in gardens. The plant is also a popular choice for wildflower gardens and meadows, and it is also used in land restoration projects.


Yellow Oxeye, also known as Telekia speciosa, is a tall, impressive perennial plant native to the meadows and forests of Central and Eastern Europe. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and is related to sunflowers and daisies. The plant is widely appreciated for its large, striking yellow flowers, which bloom in mid to late summer and attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

Description and Characteristics

Yellow Oxeye can grow up to six feet tall and has a clumping habit. Its leaves are large, coarse, and oval-shaped, with toothed edges and a rough texture. The plant produces clusters of yellow, daisy-like flowers that can measure up to three inches across. The flowers sit atop sturdy stems that can withstand strong winds, making them a popular choice for gardens in exposed locations.

Growing Requirements

Yellow Oxeye is a hardy plant that thrives in a range of conditions. It prefers full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil but can tolerate drought and a range of soil types. The plant grows well in USDA hardiness zones 4-9 and is relatively disease and pest-resistant.


Yellow Oxeye can be propagated by division, cuttings, or seed. Division is the easiest method and should be done in early spring before new growth appears. Cuttings can be taken in early summer and should be treated with rooting hormone before planting. The seeds can be sown directly in the ground in late fall or early spring.


Yellow Oxeye is a popular ornamental plant that adds a bold splash of color to any garden. It works well in mixed borders, cottage gardens, and meadow plantings. The plant is also used in herbal medicine and has been traditionally used to treat a range of ailments such as fevers, digestive problems, and skin irritations. However, caution should be exercised when using the plant for medicinal purposes as it contains toxic compounds.

Yellow Oxeye is an impressive and hardy plant that adds a splash of sunshine to any garden. With its striking yellow flowers, it is sure to attract pollinators and add a touch of vibrancy to your outdoor space. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a novice, Yellow Oxeye is an easy plant to grow and maintain, making it a great addition to any garden.

Ecological Importance

Yellow Oxeye is an important plant for pollinators, especially bees and butterflies. The large, showy flowers produce a lot of nectar and pollen, attracting a variety of beneficial insects to the garden. The plant is also a host for some species of moths and butterflies, providing a vital source of food for their caterpillars.

Cultural Significance

In some cultures, Yellow Oxeye has been traditionally used for decorative and medicinal purposes. In Ukraine, for example, the plant is known as "Kukushkin koren" and is believed to have healing properties for colds, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments. In Poland, the plant is known as "Ostroka" and is used as an ornamental plant in gardens.

Potential Concerns

While Yellow Oxeye is generally a safe and easy plant to grow, there are some potential concerns to be aware of. The plant contains toxic compounds that can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in some people. In addition, the plant can spread quickly and become invasive in some areas, so it is important to monitor its growth and control its spread if necessary.

Final Thoughts

Yellow Oxeye is a beautiful and versatile plant that is sure to add a touch of sunshine to any garden. With its striking yellow flowers, hardy nature, and ecological importance, it is a great choice for both experienced and novice gardeners. As with any plant, it is important to take care when handling and using Yellow Oxeye, but with proper care, it can be a valuable addition to any garden or landscape.


Here are some more interesting facts about Yellow Oxeye:

  1. The plant is also known by several other common names, including Giant Daisy, Yellow Sunflower, and Heartleaf Oxeye.

  2. Yellow Oxeye is native to central and eastern Europe, but has been introduced to other parts of the world, including North America.

  3. The plant is a great addition to wildlife gardens and meadow plantings, as it attracts a variety of pollinators and other beneficial insects.

  4. The plant is relatively easy to care for and maintain, but it may require staking or support to prevent it from falling over in windy conditions.

  5. In addition to its ornamental and ecological value, Yellow Oxeye has been traditionally used in herbal medicine to treat a range of ailments, including coughs, colds, and fevers. However, caution should be exercised when using the plant for medicinal purposes, as it can be toxic in high doses.

  6. Yellow Oxeye can be propagated by seed or by division, but it may take a few years for the plant to become established and start blooming.

  7. The plant is hardy in USDA zones 4-9, and can tolerate a range of soil types and growing conditions, including full sun to partial shade.

  8. Yellow Oxeye is a great companion plant for other sun-loving perennials, such as Black-Eyed Susans, Coneflowers, and Shasta Daisies.

  9. The plant is also a great addition to cut flower arrangements, as the flowers are long-lasting and can add a bright splash of color to any bouquet.

  10. Yellow Oxeye is a low-maintenance plant that can add beauty and interest to any garden or landscape. With its striking yellow flowers, hardy nature, and ecological importance, it is a great choice for gardeners of all skill levels.


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