Leucanthemum superbum 'Snowcap'
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
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
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How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
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.
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.