Shasta Daisy
Leucanthemum x superbum

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Leucanthemum (lew-KANTH-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: x superbum (soo-PER-bum) (Info)
Synonym:Chrysanthemum x superbum
Synonym:Chrysanthemum maximum
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Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cinisi,

Auburn, Alabama

Fort Payne, Alabama

Wetumpka, Alabama

Juneau, Alaska

Chino Valley, Arizona

Huntington, Arkansas

Belvedere Tiburon, California

Elk Grove, California

Merced, California

Palo Alto, California

Ridgecrest, California

Santa Rosa, California

Truckee, California

Vacaville, California

Arvada, Colorado

Parker, Colorado

Cos Cob, Connecticut

Panama City, Florida

Braselton, Georgia

Gainesville, Georgia

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Winterville, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Hayden, Idaho

Chicago, Illinois

Divernon, Illinois

Forest Park, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Jacksonville, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Danville, Indiana

Evansville, Indiana (2 reports)

Fishers, Indiana

Westfield, Indiana

Davenport, Iowa

Olathe, Kansas

Ewing, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sulphur, Louisiana

Brookeville, Maryland

Cumberland, Maryland

Laurel, Maryland

Millersville, Maryland

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

Cassopolis, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

Stephenson, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Mathiston, Mississippi

Belton, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri

Manchester, New Hampshire

Neptune, New Jersey

Ocean View, New Jersey

Plainfield, New Jersey

Hobbs, New Mexico

Croton On Hudson, New York

Rochester, New York

Roslyn, New York

Charlotte, North Carolina

Page, North Dakota

Columbia Station, Ohio

Duncan Falls, Ohio

Fairfield, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Hilliard, Ohio

Comanche, Oklahoma

Harrah, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (2 reports)

Baker City, Oregon

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Lincoln City, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Springfield, Oregon

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Erie, Pennsylvania

Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Waterford, Pennsylvania

Leesville, South Carolina

Pawleys Island, South Carolina

Memphis, Tennessee

Sweetwater, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas

Amarillo, Texas

Austin, Texas

Brenham, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)

Georgetown, Texas

Granbury, Texas

Lincoln, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rusk, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Farmington, Utah

Park City, Utah

Tremonton, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Morgantown, West Virginia

Marinette, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Pulaski, Wisconsin

Wittenberg, Wisconsin

Cody, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:

18
positives
5
neutrals
2
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Sep 25, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

We maintain a large border with a lot of Shasta daisies. We find that the season of bloom is short unless we deadhead to encourage rebloom. Deadheading is also necessary to keep them looking tidy, and it's a lot of work for the amount we have.

We also find annual division is necessary to keep them from taking over altogether. They spread fairly aggressively and need to be kept in check---every year we remove about half. We do this in the spring, as they often don't survive division in late summer or early fall.

Not my favorite perennial, as there are many other perennials that are less work and offer more color/interest.

Positive

On Jul 16, 2011, irishmist from Rochester, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Shasta daisies are among my favorite flowers for their beauty, dependability and ease of care. My large clusters are glorious right now. Though I have started 'Alaska' from seed and grew it for years, my favorite now is the newer variety 'Becky' which is taller, sturdier, with larger blossoms and has a much longer bloom period. It is also much more tolerant of summer storms which may flatten other older varieties. I've read that it's the best variety for warmer climates. Highly recommend this one!

Negative

On Sep 5, 2010, banzaibeagle from Lincoln City, OR wrote:

Shasta daisies came in a wildflower mix that I planted in my Oregon garden and they absolutely took over the entire back yard in 3 years! Not so bad as it is a nice ground cover and really fill the back garden with nice white flowers, and they really light up the back yard at night. BUT... several of the neighbors (and my wife!) are complaining that they smell like stale cat urine or raw sewage! So out they come and I guess I'll have to find something else to put in there.

Anybody have suggestions?

Positive

On Mar 21, 2008, mbhoakct76 from Winsted, CT wrote:

a good ole daisy. I actually purchased mine cheaply at the end of season and never expected them to bloom, the 1 man garden center i purchased them from even said they had already bloomed so dont expect another but wait untill next year. so I planted in hopes for next year and was surprised to see a bloom in late fall right up till first snow. Its been 2 years now , and as long as they are cut down right after first bloom in summer- i get another bloom in late fall right around the time of mums. its nice to see those last few flowers as they are being covered by snow. I also started some from seed- and they are growing almost carefree.
I dont see this daisy as being invasive as i have found others to be. That could be our cold winters in CT keep it in check!

Positive

On May 21, 2007, AuntieNancy from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I bought 3 small plants last summer and shoved them in my "nursery garden" to see how they'd do before moving them into a permanent bed.

They bloomed in 2006 from start to late fall! They provided plenty of long lasting cut flowers for myself and neighbors who admired them.

This spring the Shastas had spread - a lot. I decided to divide them into much smaller clumps and place them in various beds throughout my yard. I am finding they look lovely planted with Black-Susan, coneflower, roses, anything blue, or just alone in their daisy bed.

If they happen to become invasive, they've had many neighborhood admirers who I'd be happy to share with.

I LOVE this plant!

Positive

On May 7, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Received as a gift from one of my favorite neighbors. I have the sneaky suspicion they are going to be enthusiastic growers, so they are planted in a place where I can afford to let them go rampant.

Positive

On Aug 12, 2006, kjsutgarden from Park City, UT wrote:

These flowers grow like crazy in my garden in Park City Utah. They don't get a lot of water but a lot of sunshine. They ended up grow too tall and the weight of them made them bend over and rest on the ground. WHAT can I do about them growing too tall? Also... now that they are slowly going to seed should I dead head them or cut them down to the stem?

Positive

On May 30, 2006, hydrangea80 from Council Bluffs, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

I have transplated some of my shasta daisy plants numerous times - and they always do fine and get bigger each year! Pruning really helps the bloom time to last longer!

Positive

On Jan 25, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love Shasta daisies to brighten a garden; they just bloom and bloom! When they seed elsewhere, I just leave them until I am ready to put something else there. I've read they are hardy in zones 3-11. Light aids germination of seeds.

Neutral

On Aug 24, 2005, flowercrazy39 from Manchester, NH wrote:

I love the daisy itself. The plants flowers beautifully and they stay large and long lasting. The only problem is that the beetles absolutely LOVE this plant! They eat the daisies like crazy and it makes me mad.

Positive

On May 22, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is our second year with shasta daisies and they came back just fine from a rough winter. They make a nice companion plant to our roses and as long as they stay in bounds, we're happy with them.

Positive

On May 3, 2005, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Such a standard classic, it cheers up any area. I have lots to learn about this one. It took a long, long time for it to bloom again after deadheading, over two weeks!

Positive

On Nov 12, 2004, botanygirl from Pflugerville, TX wrote:

I live in Zone 8 and I love shastas. The flowers seem to glow at night. This is a really good plant to have if you don't like to water and it stays green all year round in this area. I don't ever water mine and they grow like crazy (I grew mine from seeds). They do spread very easily. The best thing about this plant besides that it is a beautiful cut flower is that it brings all kinds of beneficial bugs, ie. ladybugs, assassin bugs, lacewings, praying mantis, and spiders. I plan to plant new ones around my roses. The only negative thing about this plant is that once the flowers fade you have to deadhead them or your garden will look very untidy.

Neutral

On Jul 25, 2004, a5thbrat from Sebastopol, CA wrote:

KDEPetrillo,

I would suggest that the offensive daisy that you have had such a difficult time eradicating is not "Shasta Daisy", but, rather "Oxeye Daisy" (one of the Shasta's 4 progenitors). It is difficult, unless one is a Botanist, to tell the difference, except, being a hybrid in whose parentage Luther Burbank (when he developed this flower) included the "Nipponese" or Japanese daisy, when held side-by-side, the true Shasta's petals will be far longer and far whiter than that of the common "Oxeye". In fact, the entire inflorescence would be a great deal larger and whiter, overall...

The Oxeye originated in Great Britain (where it is almost a noxious weed) and came to the U.S. in feed for livestock on ships, then became feral on the East Coast.

... read more

Positive

On Jul 2, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

I absolutely love this plant!!! I love it's white blooms with yellow centres!!! What has inspired me to grow the plant was that a family friend grows them and they don't fertilise, look after or even water it!!! It is so tough. They recently gave me 4 large plants. They are settling in very well in their plastic pots. They are beautiful, easy care plants for almost everyone to try! pokerboy

Negative

On Jun 5, 2004, KDePetrillo from North Scituate, RI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I'm surprised to see so many "positives" on this plant: I found it to be invasive, and the foliage has a TERRIBLE smell. I had 3 or 4 plants and tore them all out.

Positive

On Jun 4, 2004, pickerelgirl from Charlotte, NC wrote:

i planted my shasta daisies last year after we moved into our new home. at first, i was concerned they would not grow but throughout the winter they became real thick. my father-in-law put some miracle-gro on them in the spring and they grew real fast by producing many blooms! they are so beautiful that i will thin them in the fall and place in other areas around the exterior of my home. what i love about them is that they are so easy to care for!

Neutral

On May 19, 2004, yayaqueen from Harker Heights, TX wrote:

The Shasta daisy is a great addition to my border garden and it makes a nice cut flower...BUT...IT STINKS! Smells kind of like something dead actually. So I just let it grow outside and surround it with other fragrant flowers at its feet to cover the stench. It's happy in about half-day shade here in central Texas zone 8. I tried it from seed, but it takes 2 years to bloom and I was impatient, so I just bought a little start this year from my local nursery in February and planted it under my pear tree in the front yard along with about 40 other flowering plants. Color all summer. Just don't inhale around the Shasta!

Positive

On May 12, 2004, redneckhippie15 from Amarillo, TX wrote:

I raised nine groups from seed last year. The anticipation is killin me but they look real good and healthy.Stand about two feet tall,but alas no blooms yet.
They have the "stems?" look like grass with little spiky leaves comin off the sides some one tell me if this is the pre cursor to..... Blooms??????
thx rnh

Positive

On Sep 3, 2003, JenniferG from Shalimar, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I grew this plant from seed several years ago. It lasted here several years before I replaced it with a full grown plant from Lowe's. It doesn't have the longevity in NW Florida as in other locations, but it's so charming I can't resist!

Positive

On Aug 31, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I grew Shasta Daisy from seed in Atlanta, Georgia. The seed was easy to start, and the little dark green rosettes grew rather quickly for a perennial, and I was able to set them out in the ground by late that first Summer. They bloomed the next Summer and slowly spread over the years. I probably had them in too much shade, but we were in the middle of a four year long drought, and nothing much was surviving in full sun--I had sporadic bloom until the Fall. I grew several varieties--'Alaska' was over two feet tall, and 'Silver Princess?'--I think that is the name--was about a foot tall, but the flowers looked the same.

The Shasta Daisy was developed by the famous plant hybridizer Luther Burbank in his greenhouses North of San Francisco, California. You can tour what is l... read more

Positive

On Aug 30, 2003, DavidPat5 from Chicago, IL wrote:

One of my favorite flowers, they make good cut flowers, lasting a week or so. I divide mine every year or so. Smaller clumps will produce fewer but larger blooms. Make sure to fertilize or the stems get leggy and the plants fall over and need staking. The original 8 plants I started from seeds 4 years ago have produced 22 plants from division.

Positive

On Feb 2, 2003, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Makes a interesting (4 ft) hedge when planted in a row against a fence. They totally hid the fence with all the flowers. I planted them every other with Purple Coneflower, a purple and white temporary hedge!

Positive

On May 25, 2002, gerddi from Versailles, CT (Zone 7a) wrote:

I grew this plant from seed a few years ago; It was very easy to grow and I still have it growing in my garden and producing flowers from mid summer to the first frosts. The plants are now quite large and seem very undemanding and suffer no particular predation or disease.

Neutral

On Nov 13, 2000, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant is also known as Chrysanthemum maximum. Grows to two or three feet tall, has white flowers with yellow centers. There are many cultivars within this species, including single flowering, double flowering varieties, and several different heights. Best cultivated in full sun or part shade, well draining soil. Easy to care for, low maintenance plants, can propagate from seed, division, or cuttings.