Information on Daisy Flowers

Overview

Common daisies, also known as Shasta daisies or Leucanthemum x Superbum, are part of the aster/daisy family.

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Description

Daisies are white ray flowers with dark centers that get 2 to 3 feet tall and have a foliage width of 18 inches. There are 50 named clonal cultivars for the Shasta daisy.

Growth

Shasta daisies grow well in well-drained alkaline soils. Full sun is preferred, but some can stand partial shade.

Hardiness & Blooming

Daisies are hardy in the USDA hardiness zones of 5 to 9. They bloom from summer to fall.

Propagation

Seeds can be planted straight into soil with germination within two weeks of planting. However, seed-started plants may not bloom the first year. For an alternative propagation method, divide in winter or spring .

Fun Fact

Created by Luther Burbank in 1890, Shasta daisies were made under Mt. Shasta in California. The flower is a cross breed between L. maximum and C. lacustre flowers.

References

  • Floridata
Keywords: daisy, shasta daisy, ray flower

About this Author

T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.