Common Name: shasta daisy
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 2.00 to 2.50 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Twisted white rays with yellow center
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Good drainage is essential. Wet soils in winter can be fatal. Tolerates some light shade, particularly in hot summer climates. Remove spent flower heads to promote additional bloom. Divide clumps as needed (every 2-3 years) to maintain vigor. Plants are somewhat short-lived. Consider cutting stems back to basal leaves after flowering to preserve plant energies and perhaps prolong plant life. ‘Crazy Daisy’ is a seed strain.
Leucanthemum x superbum, commonly called Shasta daisy, is a hybrid developed by Luther Burbank (1849-1926) in the 1890s near snow covered Mt. Shasta in northern California. Burbank crossed Leucanthemum vulgare (European oxeye daisy), Leucanthemum maximum (Pyrenees chrysanthemum), Leucanthemum lacustre (Portuguese field daisy) and Nipponanthemum nipponicum (Japanese field daisy) to produce Leucanthemum x superbum which was given the common name of Shasta daisy. This hybrid typically grows to 2-3' tall with a spread to 18" wide.
Genus name comes from the Greek words leucos meaning white and anthos meaning flower in reference to flower appearance.
Leucanthemums were formerly included in the genus Chrysanthemum.
‘Crazy Daisy’ is a Shasta daisy cultivar that typically grows 2-2.5’ tall. It is noted for its large double blooms (2.5” diameter) with frilly, twisted white rays and yellow center disks. Multiple flowers per stem. Coarsely-toothed, lance-shaped, medium green leaves (basal leaves to 12” long). Blooms most of the summer. Excellent and long-lasting fresh cut flower.
No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to verticillium wilt, leaf spots and stem rots. Aphids, mites and leaf miners are occasional visitors.
Shasta daisies provide long-lasting summer bloom and are mainstays of the perennial border and cutting garden.