Nipponanthemum Species, Montauk Daisy, Nippon Daisy

Nipponanthemum nipponicum

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nipponanthemum (nip-pon-AN-the-mum) (Info)
Species: nipponicum (nip-PON-ih-kum) (Info)
Synonym:Chrysanthemum nipponicum
Synonym:Leucanthemum nipponicum



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:



24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Grizzly Flats, California

Somerset, California

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Preston, Connecticut

Stamford, Connecticut

Lake Mary, Florida

Lake Worth, Florida

Cordele, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Batavia, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Palatine, Illinois

Topsham, Maine

Brewster, Massachusetts

Chester, Massachusetts

Dennis Port, Massachusetts

East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Hingham, Massachusetts

Hudson, Massachusetts

Mashpee, Massachusetts

Quincy, Massachusetts

Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts

Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts

Westford, Massachusetts

Westport, Massachusetts

Blissfield, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Deerfield, Michigan

Grant, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Concord, New Hampshire

Exeter, New Hampshire

Kingston, New Hampshire

Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Bayville, New Jersey

Butler, New Jersey

Caldwell, New Jersey

Englishtown, New Jersey

Glassboro, New Jersey

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Long Branch, New Jersey

Ocean Grove, New Jersey

Pennsville, New Jersey

Piscataway, New Jersey

West Milford, New Jersey

Bridgehampton, New York

Brooklyn, New York(2 reports)

Caledonia, New York

Clifton Park, New York

Coram, New York

Croton On Hudson, New York

Groton, New York

Mahopac, New York(2 reports)

Manorville, New York

Northville, New York

Schenectady, New York

Smithtown, New York

Watertown, New York

Westbury, New York

Candler, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

West End, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Garrettsville, Ohio

Massillon, Ohio

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Dillsburg, Pennsylvania

Fayetteville, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Zelienople, Pennsylvania

Charlestown, Rhode Island

Johnston, Rhode Island

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Cleburne, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Gilmer, Texas

Springtown, Texas

Alexandria, Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Lynchburg, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

Pembroke, Virginia

Petersburg, Virginia

Scottsville, Virginia

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 19, 2017, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

In my Zone 7A, Petersburg, Virginia garden, my Montauk Daisy is doing well. I bought it in a 3-quart pot on clearance at the garden department at a home improvement store in 2015, and planted it in the fall. In 2016, it grew up to about two-and-a-half feet across and high and bloomed late in the season, a lovely show-off in the fall garden. Now it's February, 2017, and new growth is showing up at the base of last year's dried-out stems. I read that it's time to prune. For the past two winters we've had freezes as low as single digits for brief periods of time, unusually cold for here. Monty-the Daisy continues unfazed. I have three more that I planted in an area more exposed to the wind, etc., last fall, and while they are younger and smaller, they, too, are showing new growth and a ... read more


On Oct 12, 2014, MaralynnG from Glassboro, NJ wrote:

Love this plant! When all the other flowers are about gone, here comes this fresh daisy, giving us a little more beauty before the winter sets in. So easy to maintain.


On Oct 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Called "Montauk daisy", despite its Japanese origins, because it's naturalized on the beaches at Montauk on Long Island. I've read that a ship returning from Japan in the 1800's was wrecked at Montauk, and some of these tough plants washed ashore alive. (Perhaps the wreck is a horticultural legend, but the plants are naturalized there today.)

To keep this semi-shrub growing in a neat fresh even mound, I cut the stems back by around half in the fall, enough to keep the snow and ice from breaking the stems. Then in early spring when new growth is beginning, I cut the stems back harder. Neglected plants may splay open with age and develop heavy but weak sprawling woody stems with little growth near the base.

When cutting back in the spring, don't cut the woody s... read more


On Oct 1, 2014, MyMemory from Dillsburg, PA wrote:

I just added a picture of my Montauk Daisies. I brought them back to Pennsylvania while visiting Long Island. They grow beautifully here and I love when they bloom every fall!


On Dec 18, 2013, evelyn_inthegarden from Sierra Foothills, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have never seen this plant offered in any of the nurseries in California, so I bought 3 online in a buying coop on I have moved these plants around and I did not know that they should be cut back for best results, as my plants were leggy. they wilted in the summer if they did not have enough water and the lower leaves turned brown. that is the reason that I moved them, so they would not get so much intense sun.

To read the reviews of this plant, it seemed to be so carefree, yet I somehow did not get the best out of it.

I also collected some seeds from this plant as they are very late to flowere here. The seeds are very tiny, much smaller than I imagined. I read that wintersowing has been successful with this plant, but this is the first year that... read more


On Feb 2, 2012, thinkinonit from Norfolk, VA wrote:

I got one of these in the fall. They smell great. I put it in full sun by the front porch. Sitting on the porch you can smell the flowers every time there is a light breeze. They bloomed profusely right into our first hard frost. After they died back I cut the branches about 10" from the ground. Today I noticed the plant is starting to grow back on the stems I had left. I love this daisy.


On May 5, 2011, Bonniebopeep from Washington, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I was so glad to see this lovely plant featured today on the first page of the site. I LOVE this plant! My mistake was that I bought only one....It is wonderful. It looks like a big, compact, hearty tall daisy that blooms in fall. I looked for it in garden centers this past's too early to get it, so I have to wait.... ;-( I had success in 60510, I have moved to Central IL. I hope it does as well. Can't wait!


On Oct 20, 2010, Vattina from Garrettsville, OH wrote:

What a beautiful plant and perfect daisy! I first acquired one this year. The succulent foliage is lovely and no bugs have bothered it -- although my chickens did **(%&*))&!.
The honey bees have gone ga-ga over it. Just over the last week it has exploded in bloom. love it


On Oct 22, 2009, Godsworld from West End, NC wrote:

We just bought a new home and have a montauk daisy in the garden. It took me all summer to find out what this plant is and it is wonderful! I thought it was awesome when it was just leaves because they are herbaceous and I'd never seen anything like them. My plant grew into a large uniform mound of these beautiful stems. I would have been satisfied with just that. But when it bloomed this fall...WOW!!!! I almost died! It is so beautiful...just perfect daisies that last and last.

But, HELP!! Now that the daisies are dying I don't know what to do with it. Do I cut it back? Now or later? To the ground?

This is too beautiful a plant to mess up, so would someone help me? (Thanks, in advance!)


On Jun 16, 2009, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought three of these when I found them on clearance. They looked too healthy to be clearance, but probably didn't sell because they weren't in bloom and weren't well known. They're doing well for me. Here's a Dave's Garden article about this plant.


On May 16, 2009, Tex68 from Long Branch, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

It's such a handsome plant even when not flowering during the summer. And when it flowers in the fall till the first frost, oh boy! What a sight! Plant needed to be pruned/cut back to avoid woody legs very early spring. Otherwise they will grow tall if not cut back. Cuttings can be easily grown in the ground if you want more plants. The mature plant itself is well behave, it does not produce offspring and remains a single plant unless you plant/propagate the cuttings.


On Sep 2, 2006, dakotaroser from Kingston, NH wrote:

bought two of these two years ago at a garden center
in Sept-Oct, they really stood out in their pots and I've moved
them twice since their current site and they have such interesting foliage hanging out and besides my sedums,
ornamental grasses (both fountain and flame grass), all
coming out for there end of the season farewell. A nice bush
with really cool white daisy flowers right till frost, well worth


On Jul 2, 2006, bed24 from San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very hardy and great for xeriscaping. Comes back on previous year's growth and holds small bud-like leaves over the winter. Unique and a great flowering companion with Autumn Joy sedum.


On Sep 2, 2005, figaro52 from Lakes of the Four Seasons, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a wonderful plant for the perennial garden. It is very reliable and requires little care -- only occasional watering. I planted two of these last summer (they were gallon-size potted plants). They are now about 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide. The blossoms in the fall are very much like those of the shasta daisy. The foliage is beautiful -- almost succulent in appearance. This plant tends to be very hardy in my zone 5 garden. Another major plus is that the rabbits tend to leave it alone!


On Apr 6, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

A wonderful plant in most gardens.... beautiful succulent foliage and daisy like flower bloom from late summer to early fall and right through the first hard frost.... blends beautifully in color etc. to late golden goldenrods and red heleniums.... Very nice.... highly recommended easy care.... bush like in appearence .. especially with age..... a mainstay in eastern coastal gardens....