Daisy fleabane is also known as "oakleaf" fleabane as the basal leaves are lobed like some oaks are. In fact, the Latin name means "foliage like an oak." These leaves form rosettes that are up to 6 inches across. The leaves lie flat to the ground, are somewhat linear and have a deeply notched margin. They also are often yellow-green on color and are rough to the touch.
Leaves emerge in the spring or overwinter and the basal leaves form colonies of many plants. Flower stalks emerge from the center of each and reach a mature height of 12-24 inches by early summer. The flower heads are only 1/4-inch across, but are produced in large numbers. Each is composed of many thin white ray petals surrounding a rounded yellow disc. The flowers attract a diversity of small pollinators.