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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Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

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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

Lititz, 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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Gardeners' Notes:

15
positives
3
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On May 14, 2015, Sequoiadendron4 from Lititz, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Make sure you give this plant some room to spread and don't plant it unless you don't mind maintaining it. I planted one in the middle of our garden several years back (ignorantly of course) and it was way taller than I expected. It spread to a patch of about 3'x4' in just a couple years. All well and good but then it started getting weak in the middle and dying out halfway through the summer. I dug it all out and threw it away but not before I planted another one in a different location. Now knowing what I know, I don't let this one get out of control and frequently chop pieces off it to give away. This seems to be a good method so far. Using a shovel to chop off a hunk on the outside is the easiest method. I gave a positive rating because it truly is a beautiful plant and does pe... read more

Positive

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

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

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.
judy~

Positive

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

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

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

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

Bought (2) in 2007. I divided in both 2008 & 2009. Out of the original (2) plants...it'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.