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PlantFiles: Shasta Daisy
Leucanthemum x superbum 'Becky'

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

Synonym:Chrysanthemum x superbum
Synonym:Chrysanthemum maximum

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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14 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Sep 26, 2013, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I agree that this plant looks pretty ratty after blooming. I don't bother keeping it tidy during the season but I do give it a nice (severe) pruning in the fall. Easy plant.

Neutral slowgardener On Aug 10, 2013, slowgardener from Birmingham, AL wrote:

Note that shasta daisy 'becky' often looks terrible after blooming. A shame for such a wonderful, long-bloomer. You may want to surround it with perennials whose foliage will disguise its late summer scraggliness.

Positive 1johnscreek On Apr 10, 2013, 1johnscreek from Duluth, GA wrote:

I grow the Becky Daisy in North Atlanta, Ga. and it blooms all summer if I keep it tidy and deadheaded. I have blooms until frost. It outblooms any other Daisy I have grown.

Positive gardeningfun On Jan 3, 2011, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Loves the heavy clay soil in my zone 5a yard. Gets really heavy rain, snow storms here; high wind area with no protection and it does fantastic! It was 3 tiny plants, bought from Bluestone Perennials 2 years ago and they have just multiplied amazingly! I think they cost me around $4.50 for all 3 plants? I love this plant! It also blooms for weeks and weeks. I deadhead and it helps. The picture I downloaded here shows it in the middle of this bed, in front of hyssop or agastache. It does great around any plant!

Neutral Oberon46 On Jul 25, 2010, Oberon46 from (Mary) Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

My plants are fully 36-45" tall and full of flowers. My only unhappiness is that they tend to look a little floppy on the top 4" or so and so while they don't need staking they manage to look 'sloppy'. I am really confused about whether I have 'Becky' or "Alaska". One is very tall as noted above, and the other is a nice compact clumper about 18-20"; much tidier and sturdier flowers. Any suggestions as to which is which? I have studied both flowers here but can't quite decide.

Positive killdawabbit On Jun 26, 2010, killdawabbit from Christiana, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I hadn't grown Shasta daisies in many years. I decided to try one last year. This was (see my pics) planted last spring from a small 4" pot. Boy, am I glad I did!

Positive robinclark24 On Jun 19, 2010, robinclark24 from Murfreesboro, TN wrote:

Bought (2) in 2007. I divided in both 2008 & 2009. Out of the original (2)'s produced at least 30 other plants for other beds & to pass to friends. Has been completely pest free & drought tolerant. It thrives in Mid TN heat/humidity. Couldn't recommend it more highly. It is the core staple of my front gardens and neighbors continually complement them.

Positive BlackDogKurt On Sep 6, 2008, BlackDogKurt from Seymour, CT wrote:

I replaced my 'Snowcap' Shasta Daisies this year with some 'Becky' Shasta Daisies, and what a difference! The Becky daisies were outstanding! They really bloomed great and each bloom lasted a long time. With regular deadheading, they have continued flowering from early summer and are still blooming now right into the fall. The Snowcaps daisies I had before, which are a much shorter clumping cultivar, looked great when they first bloomed, but the blooms never lasted more than a couple of weeks for me, even with deadheading. The Beckys just kept on going.

Positive rbowden On Jul 16, 2008, rbowden from Manhattan, KS wrote:

I planted Becky last spring in full sun and it was so-so the first year. This spring it has grown vigorously. In the first half of July it has been outstandingly floriferous. It is the focal point of the garden with its copious bright white flowers. Does not wilt in the heat and sun unlike some other Shasta cultivars. This plant is truly tough and beautiful!

Positive outdoorlover On Apr 22, 2008, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Beautiful daisy grows full and tall on the east side of the house.

Positive evanpowens On Jul 4, 2007, evanpowens from Princeton Junction, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

A wonderful shasta daisy, arguably the best overall. It really does stand upright without staking and makes excellent cut flowers. It doesn't seem to be bothered by heat or humidity.

Positive laura10801 On Sep 15, 2006, laura10801 from Fairfield County, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Tons and tons of big ol' classic daisies to share with everyone you know. This plant easily grows to to 4 feet and happily survives my bumbling attempts to cut it down a bit in size. Bees can't get enough of it, so be careful. Cut flowers last about 10 days.

Positive joanlc On Nov 11, 2005, joanlc from Perham, MN (Zone 3b) wrote:

This is a marvelous daisy, and unlike other shastas, does not seem to go to seed all through your lawn. Holds flowers for a LONG time here in Minnesota, and stays green and strong well into fall with excellent frost resistance. Flowers also remain until late, though blooming stops with increasing cold. Plant notes say "do not overwater," and I can vouch for that: in very heavy clay, the roots will rot. Amend heavier soils to provide drainage.

Positive sterhill On May 26, 2005, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Atlanta - in the fall this plant shoots up a stalk with little leaf clusters. If you cut right above the cluster and leave about 3-4" of stiff stem below, you can stick this stem directly into the ground and have blooming plants next year. The only problem is that you will end up with too many plants! It will grow in full blazing all-day sun.

Neutral smiln32 On Nov 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant can reach a height of 4' in the right conditions. Flowers are pure, bright white with yellow centers. Blooms from June to September. Great cut flower, too. Attractive to butterflies.

If you remember putting carnations in water colored with food coloring, this is another flower that can be "colored" that way. Show your kids! :)

Positive shortcm On Aug 14, 2004, shortcm from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7b) wrote:

LOTS of plants to share! If you have the space, this is a wonderful daisy. Dark green leaves contrast beautifully with the big white blooms. They've survived our torential rains here in Delaware without a problem.

I have to dig half of them up every year to contain them in my small garden, but it's worth it.

Positive Fleurs On Nov 28, 2003, Fleurs from Columbia, SC wrote:

Taxonomists now list this plant as Chrysanthemum leucanthemum 'Becky' (commonly called Shasta Daisy). A passalong plant in the Southeast before it was named after Decatur, Georgia landscape designer Becky Stewart, the glossy green rosettes remain evergreen in my Zone 7b/8a garden. Because the flower stems remain upright, the crisp white flowers are ideal for flower arrangements. 'Becky' is vigorous and thrives in the heat and humidity of Southern summers. Division every two or three years keeps 'Becky' looking her best and provides plants for friends.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Anchorage, Alaska
Littleton, Colorado
Cos Cob, Connecticut
Glastonbury, Connecticut
Oxford, Connecticut
Seymour, Connecticut
Wilmington, Delaware
Atlanta, Georgia
Braselton, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Duluth, Georgia
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Itasca, Illinois
Lake In The Hills, Illinois
Oak Forest, Illinois
Spring Grove, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Logansport, Indiana
Seymour, Indiana
Kalona, Iowa
Manhattan, Kansas
New Iberia, Louisiana
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Clarkston, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Ludington, Michigan
Owosso, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Lumberton, Mississippi
Madison, Mississippi
Mathiston, Mississippi
Olive Branch, Mississippi
Reno, Nevada
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Denville, New Jersey
Jersey City, New Jersey
La Luz, New Mexico
Fishkill, New York
Greensboro, North Carolina
Hayesville, North Carolina
Sapphire, North Carolina
West End, North Carolina
Fargo, North Dakota
Cincinnati, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Hamilton, Ohio
Enid, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Bend, Oregon
Chiloquin, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Reading, Pennsylvania
Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Christiana, Tennessee
Clarksville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Brazoria, Texas
Cleburne, Texas
Colleyville, Texas
Gilmer, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Rowlett, Texas (2 reports)
Tyler, Texas
Springfield, Virginia
Arlington, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Little Chute, Wisconsin
Muscoda, Wisconsin
Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin
Twin Lakes, Wisconsin

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