Leucanthemum superbum 'Becky'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Shasta Daisy|
2003 PPA Plant of the Year! This may be the best selection of Shasta yet. Prized for its durability in the hot, humid summers of the south and its cold tolerance in the north, 'Becky' has proven to be a sturdy, hardy cultivar.
Copious amounts of very large, 3in single, white blooms are produced atop strong stems which are ideal for cutting. Despite its height, this variety does not usually require staking. 'Becky' was introduced by Jim and Becky Stewart of Decatur, GA.
Shasta Daisies are all-time favorites for the perennial border. The cheery flowers begin to appear in early summer and continue on for several months if faithfully deadheaded. Shastas mix so effortlessly with other perennials that no garden should be without them!
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
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How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Leucanthemums require full sun and well-drained soil to be at their best. Winter drainage is especially important; planting in raised beds will help to provide these conditions. Shastas make good perennials for Southern gardens, though partial shade is recommended in the warmest zones.
Division can be done in either spring or fall, and is recommended due to this perennial's tendency to be short-lived.
The shasta daisy is a hybrid of many daisy types, notably the oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) and the Japanese field daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum), produced after 17 year of breeding by horticulturist Luther Burbank. He named them after Mount Shasta in California.