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Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum x superbum

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Daisy, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Coneflower, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Daisy Bush, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Ragwort, Golden Samphire, Goldilocks Aster, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jersey Cudweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mountain Everlasting, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Roman Chamomile, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
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Maximum Size:
120 centimetres tall
Roadsides, wasteland.

White, many petals
Shasta Daisies are perennial flowering plants known for their bright white petals and golden-yellow centres. These daisies, with a diameter of 5 to 10 cm, bloom from late spring through summer. They thrive in well-drained soil, tolerate partial shade, and can reach a height of 60 to 90 cm. Their classic and timeless appearance, combined with their low-maintenance nature, makes them a popular choice in British gardens.
Shasta Daisies do not produce fruit. They are ornamental flowering plants known for their white petals and yellow centers but do not bear edible fruits.
The leaves of Shasta Daisies are typically dark green and lance-shaped. They provide a lush backdrop for the bright white petals of the flowers. These leaves are an essential part of the plant's foliage, contributing to its overall aesthetic in gardens and landscapes.
Shasta Daisies have a mild, pleasant fragrance. While their scent is not overpowering, it adds a delicate and enjoyable element to gardens and floral arrangements.
Other Names:
Max Daisy.
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Leucanthemum x superbum, also known as Shasta daisy, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to Europe and is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. The plant is known for its large, white, daisy-like flowers that have a yellow center and are often used in cut flower arrangements. Leucanthemum x superbum is a herbaceous perennial that grows to a height of about 90 cm. It is a popular garden plant and is often used in borders or as a ground cover. The plant is also known for its attractive, glossy green leaves.


Shasta Daisy: A Cheerful Addition to Your Garden

If you're looking for a beautiful, easy-to-grow flower to add to your garden, then consider the Shasta Daisy. Leucanthemum x superbum, also known as the Shasta Daisy, is a hybrid of two species of daisies and is a popular garden flower. With its cheerful white petals and yellow center, it's sure to brighten up any garden or flowerbed.

The Shasta Daisy is a hardy plant that can thrive in a variety of growing conditions. It can grow in full sun or partial shade, and it prefers well-drained soil. The plant can reach up to 3 feet in height, making it a great choice for the back of a flowerbed or as a border plant.

One of the best things about the Shasta Daisy is how easy it is to care for. Once established, the plant is drought-tolerant and requires very little maintenance. It is also resistant to most pests and diseases, making it a low-maintenance addition to your garden.

If you're looking to attract pollinators to your garden, the Shasta Daisy is a great choice. Its bright white petals and yellow center are a beacon to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. The plant is also a great source of nectar, providing food for pollinators during the growing season.

The Shasta Daisy is also a great cut flower, making it a great choice for a cottage garden or cutting garden. The blooms can last up to a week in a vase, bringing a cheerful touch to your home.

To keep your Shasta Daisy looking its best, deadhead the spent blooms regularly. This will encourage the plant to produce more blooms, giving you an abundance of cheerful flowers all season long. If you're looking to add some color to your garden, consider planting some Shasta Daisies. With their cheerful white petals and yellow center, they're sure to bring a smile to your face every time you see them.

The Shasta Daisy is a versatile and hardy plant that is perfect for any garden. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, the Shasta Daisy is an easy-to-grow, low-maintenance addition that is sure to bring some cheer to your outdoor space.

The Shasta Daisy is also a popular choice for gardeners who want to create a natural, informal garden look. Its cheerful blooms and wildflower-like appearance make it a great choice for cottage gardens, wildflower gardens, or meadow gardens. When planted in masses, Shasta Daisies can create a beautiful, flowing sea of white blooms that will capture the attention of anyone who sees them.

In addition to its beauty, the Shasta Daisy is also a very versatile plant. It can be used in a variety of garden styles and designs, from formal to informal. It also works well in a variety of garden types, including rock gardens, herb gardens, and butterfly gardens. Whether you're looking to create a cutting garden, a wildflower garden, or simply add some color to your outdoor space, the Shasta Daisy is an excellent choice.

Another advantage of the Shasta Daisy is its versatility in terms of blooming time. Most varieties of Shasta Daisy bloom from mid-spring to mid-summer, providing a long season of color in your garden. Some varieties, such as the Alaska Shasta Daisy, bloom from early spring to late summer, giving you an even longer season of beauty.

In addition to its versatility, the Shasta Daisy is also very easy to propagate. You can divide the clumps of Shasta Daisies every three to four years to create new plants, or you can start new plants from seed. Propagating Shasta Daisies is an excellent way to keep the plant growing in your garden year after year, without having to purchase new plants every season.

The Shasta Daisy is a must-have plant for any gardener. Its cheerful white petals and yellow center, combined with its ease of care, versatility, and long blooming time, make it an excellent choice for any garden style or type.

Another great feature of the Shasta Daisy is its adaptability. It can grow well in a variety of climates, from cold northern climates to warm southern climates. Some varieties of Shasta Daisy are even cold-hardy, making them a great choice for gardeners in colder regions. This adaptability makes the Shasta Daisy an excellent choice for gardeners across the United States and beyond.

In addition to its adaptability, the Shasta Daisy is also a long-lived plant. With proper care, Shasta Daisies can continue to thrive in your garden for many years, providing you with a beautiful, low-maintenance source of color and beauty.

The Shasta Daisy also has a long history of use in traditional medicine. The petals of the Shasta Daisy have been used to treat a variety of conditions, from skin irritations to headaches. The plant is also said to have a calming effect, making it a great choice for gardens that are intended to be a source of relaxation and tranquility.

Another great feature of the Shasta Daisy is its low-maintenance nature. Unlike many other garden plants, Shasta Daisies require very little pruning or deadheading. Simply plant the Shasta Daisy in well-drained soil and provide it with plenty of sun, and it will grow and bloom with very little care required.

Finally, it's important to note that the Shasta Daisy is a sustainable and environmentally friendly choice for your garden. The plant is native to North America, making it a great choice for gardeners who are looking to support local ecosystems and wildlife. Additionally, the Shasta Daisy is a low-maintenance plant, meaning that you won't have to use pesticides, herbicides, or other harmful chemicals in order to keep it growing.

In conclusion, the Shasta Daisy is a fantastic addition to any garden. With its cheerful blooms, easy-to-care-for nature, and adaptability, the Shasta Daisy is a must-have for gardeners of all levels. So why wait? Add some Shasta Daisies to your garden today and enjoy their beauty for years to come!

30 Facts About the Shasta Daisy

Here are 30 facts about the Shasta Daisy:

  1. The Shasta Daisy's scientific name is Leucanthemum × superbum.
  2. It is a perennial flowering plant known for its white, daisy-like flowers.
  3. Shasta Daisies are native to Europe and belong to the Asteraceae family.
  4. These daisies were first developed in the United States by Luther Burbank in the early 1900s.
  5. Shasta Daisies are characterized by their bright white petals and bright yellow centers.
  6. They typically bloom in late spring and continue to flower through summer.
  7. The flowers can reach a diameter of 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm).
  8. Shasta Daisies are excellent cut flowers and are popular in floral arrangements.
  9. They are known for their simple, classic, and timeless appearance.
  10. Shasta Daisies are low-maintenance and easy to grow in gardens.
  11. They prefer full sun but can tolerate some partial shade.
  12. These daisies thrive in well-drained soil with good moisture retention.
  13. Shasta Daisies can attract butterflies and bees to your garden.
  14. They are drought-tolerant once established.
  15. The plant can reach a height of 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) when in bloom.
  16. Deadheading (removing spent flowers) can encourage continuous blooming.
  17. Shasta Daisies can be propagated through division in early spring.
  18. They have a mild, pleasant fragrance.
  19. The Shasta Daisy is the official flower of the city of Anchorage, Alaska.
  20. These daisies are often used in traditional herbal remedies for their medicinal properties.
  21. They are believed to have anti-inflammatory and soothing effects.
  22. Shasta Daisies have been used historically for treating respiratory ailments.
  23. In the language of flowers, Shasta Daisies symbolize purity and innocence.
  24. They are popular garden perennials in North America and Europe.
  25. Shasta Daisies can attract beneficial insects that help with pest control.
  26. The name "Shasta" was chosen to honor the picturesque Mount Shasta in California.
  27. Shasta Daisies are excellent for naturalizing and creating meadow-like landscapes.
  28. They can be divided every 2 to 3 years to maintain plant health and vigor.
  29. The plant's foliage is typically dark green and lance-shaped.
  30. Shasta Daisies are cherished for their timeless beauty and suitability in various garden styles.


Shasta Daisies filmed at Crosby, Lancashire on the 3rd July 2023.


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