Becky Shasta Daisy
Becky Shasta Daisy
Chrysanthemum x superbum 'Becky'Item #2302 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
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Large, classic, white, single blooms with yellow centers on a lush mound of coarse, leathery, green foliage. A wonderful, long-lasting cut flower. The sturdy flowers remain attractive even after a hard rain. Excellent in sunny borders and in containers for patio or landscape accents. 2003 Perennial Plant of the Year. An herbaceous perennial.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Foliage reaches 1 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide; flowers reach 2 to 3 ft. tall.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kris-AN-the-mum soo-PER-bumPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:1 - 24Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Foliage reaches 1 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide; flowers reach 2 to 3 ft. tall.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Summer to FallFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasThis snow white daisy bearing perennial is a natural in almost every garden application as a cut flower. Add to foundating planting for easy care color. Flesh out beds and borders without relief or neutral colors. An essential of the cottage garden with other casual easy care perennials. Though wholly of garden origin it is strongly aligned with the perennials of the American prairie and belongs in beds and meadows with them. Super with native plants and naturalizes beautifully in wild gardens, even in dry western climates. Highbrow enough to use in estate settings and massed into formal beds bounded by box hedges were they literally leap out under a full moon.Companion PlantsTickseed (Coreopsis); Speedwell (Veronica); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Blanket Flower (Gaillardia); Salvia (Salvia)
- CareCare InformationProvide average, well-drained soil; will not thrive in soggy soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild to moderate drought. Remove spent blooms to encourage continuous bloom. For a tidy appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:Shasta daisy is a hybrid of three species utilized by famous breeder Luther Burbank to create the perfect white daisy for the flower industry. Longevity and straight long stems were primary in its development, but plants became popular due to the ease of cultivation. Burbank's original creation has since been further developed into many named varieties. Becky won the Perennial Plant of the Year Award for 2003. It was introduced by Jimmy and Becky Stewart who discovered it in an old garden of Atlanta, Georgia.Lore:Shasta Daisy is one of the most famous of all Burbank introductions which has naturalized all over America and no doubt further evolved on its own through natural variation within its seed.
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