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Leucanthemum_ x _superbum
Easy, always fresh, and always eye-catching, Shasta daisy is a longtime favorite. All cultivars produce white daisy flowers in various degrees of doubleness and size. The sturdy stems and long vase life make the flowers unbeatable for cutting. Shasta daisy thrives in well-drained, not overly rich soil. Taller sorts may need staking.
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'Alaska' Shasta daisy
Leucanthemum x superbum 'Alaska' bears 3-inch-wide single white flowerheads with yellow discs on 2- to 3-foot stems. The flowers start to bloom in early summer and continue through fall if deadheaded routinely. Zones 5-8
'Becky' Shasta daisy
Leucanthemum x superbum 'Becky' is an award-winning variety with strong stems and 3-inch-wide white flowers. It's a vigorous grower to 40 inches tall. Zones 4-8
'Cobham Gold' Shasta daisy
Leucanthemum x superbum 'Cobham Gold' has fully double white flowerheads with a yellow disc. These bloom from early summer to fall, carried singly atop 2-foot stems. Deadhead to prolong bloom time. The plants make sturdy clumps of 8-inch long dark green leaves. Zones 5-8
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