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Leucanthemum superbum 'Snowcap'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Shasta Daisy

An outstanding cultivar! Pure white, 2-3in single flowers are produced in abundance atop bushy mounds of foliage. 'Snowcap' has sturdy, uniform habit. Due to its compact nature, it tolerates the weather (wind, rain, etc.) better than other Shastas.

'Snowcap' was introduced in the United States by Wayside Gardens in conjunction with English plantsman, Alan Bloom.

Shasta Daisies are all-time favorites for the perennial border. The cheery flowers begin to appear in early summer and continue on for several months if faithfully deadheaded. Shastas mix so effortlessly with other perennials that no garden should be without them!

Breeder: Alan Bloom

Introducer: Wayside Gardens/Blooms of Bressingham®

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  12-15 Inches
Spread:
  12 Inches
Flower Color:
  White Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Late summer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Mass Planting
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Leucanthemums require full sun and well-drained soil to be at their best. Winter drainage is especially important; planting in raised beds will help to provide these conditions. Shastas make good perennials for Southern gardens, though partial shade is recommended in the warmest zones.

Division can be done in either spring or fall, and is recommended due to this perennial's tendency to be short-lived.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Achillea 'Coronation Gold'
Common Name: Yarrow
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar'
Common Name: Iris-Siberian
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Nepeta faassenii 'Six Hills Giant'
Common Name: Catmint
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Sedum 'Autumn Joy' ('Herbstfreude')
Common Name: Stonecrop-Autumn
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb'
Common Name: Coreopsis-Threadleaf
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Asclepias tuberosa
Common Name: Butterfly Weed
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Aconitum cammarum 'Bicolor'
Common Name: Monkshood-Bicolor
4,5,6,7,8
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Platycodon 'Astra Double Blue'
Common Name: Balloon Flower
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Delphinium grandiflorum 'Summer Blues'
Common Name: Delphinium-Dwarf
3,4,5,6,7
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History:

The shasta daisy is a hybrid of many daisy types, notably the oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) and the Japanese field daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum), produced after 17 year of breeding by horticulturist Luther Burbank. He named them after Mount Shasta in California.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.