PlantFiles: Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum x superbum 'Becky'
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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)
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
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!
On Jul 25, 2010, Oberon46 from (Mary) Anchorage, AK (Zone 5b) 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
, Anchorage, Alaska Highlands Ranch, Colorado Cos Cob, Connecticut Glastonbury Center, Connecticut Oxford, Connecticut Seymour, Connecticut Talleyville, 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 Fridley, Minnesota Florence, Mississippi Lumberton, Mississippi Madison, Mississippi Mathiston, Mississippi Olive Branch, Mississippi Reno, Nevada Nelson, New Hampshire Denville, New Jersey Jersey City, New Jersey La Luz, New Mexico Brinckerhoff, New York Greensboro, North Carolina Hayesville, North Carolina Sapphire, North Carolina Seven Lakes, North Carolina Fargo, North Dakota Columbus, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Geneva, Ohio Huber Heights, Ohio Enid, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Chiloquin, Oregon Deschutes River Woods, Oregon Jennings Lodge, Oregon Bellefonte, Pennsylvania Lancaster, Pennsylvania Spring Grove, Pennsylvania West Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Columbia, South Carolina Christiana, Tennessee Clarksville, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee , Texas Brazoria, Texas Cleburne, Texas Colleyville, Texas Noonday, Texas Pecan Grove, Texas Rowlett, Texas (2 reports) West Springfield, Virginia Walnut Grove, Washington Little Chute, Wisconsin Muscoda, Wisconsin Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin Twin Lakes, Wisconsin