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Mississippi Native: Shasta Daisy

(Leucanthemum superbum ‘Alaska’)

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Description:

Shasta daisies are herbaceous, perennial plants with large flowers. Flowers display white petals and round, yellow centers. Leaves are long, glossy, and dark green.

Season:

Daisy plants begin to emerge in late spring and early summer. Blooming occurs between July and September.

Size:

Shasta daisies grow 2 to 3 feet tall in clumps that reach 2 feet in width.  

Habitat:

These daisies like full sun and well-drained soil but will tolerate light shade in hot climates.

Interesting Facts:

Shasta daisies require little maintenance and attract butterflies. Although popular in rock gardens, they are frequently used in floral arrangements.

The Shasta daisy is sometimes confused with the ox-eye daisy.  The ox-eye daisy has smaller flowers and is usually 10 – 12 inches in height. This weedy plant is found in fields and along banks.

Planting Tips:

Divide Shasta daisies in early spring or late summer. These daisies should be planted 1 to 2 feet apart, depending on variety. Flower heads produce hundreds of small, brown seeds.

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