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Shasta Daisy

Any of several horticultural varieties of Chrysanthemum superbum, having large, white, daisylike flowers.

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Shasta daisies will add some color and beauty to your garden

  • Mar 5, 2010
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Over 20 years ago, my Dad planted a few Shasta daisies in our garden. I didn't think too much about them at that time. However, when they bloomed I was surprised at the impact that they made. I was just as surprised seeing how they propagate themselves into more and more every year and how they are easy to divide and replant. I found that out when I took a few of the Shasta daisies he planted and replanted them at my house.

I've had very good success with my Shasta daisies in my garden. The photo to the right shows my Shasta daisies blooming in 2009. They are a major bright spot in my flower garden. They give it that needed 'pop' my flower garden was lacking. I'm very happy with them.

Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum) are perennials (they come back every year) and are pretty hardy from zones 4 through 9. They were formerly classified in the genus Chrysanthemum, these daisies were transferred to their own genus of Leucanthemum because they lack some traits of true Chrysanthemums. The Shasta Daisy originated as a hybrid produced by the famed American horticulturist Luther Burbank, who developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55-year career.

Shasta daisies like good garden soil; this means a well-drained soil, not clay soil, but one where moisture is present and organic matter is excellent. They like full sun or partial shade.  They will also thrive better if you practice deadheading, which means to cut off the flower and stem as it starts to fade and die but before it has a chance to set seed.

My Dad always loved gardening and it was a passion I didn't quite share back when he planted the Shasta daisies all of those years ago. I have to say that now I sure do.  Especially when they are easy to grow, like Shasta daisies.  The only drawback to planting Shasta daisies is after a few years you need to have plenty of room for them or you'll need to thin them out. If not, they can take over an area.  One great resolution for this is to divide them and give a few to friends. That's the gift that keeps on giving.

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October 26, 2010
Shasta daises are my favorite. Enjoyed your review, lots of very good information. Like your resolution for Shasta abundance! :)
 
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Quick Tip by . July 25, 2010
posted in Green Living
The Shasta Daisy goes with any decor and always lends such a cheerful feeling to any environment.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
posted in Green Living
Consistent flower which brightens any garden. Wish the blooms lasted longer.
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The Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum) is a commonly grown herbaceous perennial plant with the classic daisy appearance of white petals (ray florets) around a yellow disc, similar to the Oxeye daisy Leucanthemum vulgare Lam. but larger. Formerly classified in the genus Chrysanthemum, these daisies were transferred to their own genus of Leucanthemum because they lack some traits of true Chrysanthemums. Shasta daisies are characterized by a distinct odor which some find unpleasant, which makes them unusual amongst flowers.

The Shasta Daisy originated as a hybrid produced by the famed horticulturist Luther Burbank, Leucanthemum lacustre (Brot.) Samp. x Leucanthemen maximum (Ramond) DC. Some members of the genus are considered noxious weeds, but the Shasta Daisy remains a favorite garden plant and groundcover.

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