Name: Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum)
Growth habit: Upright plant (up to 3 feet tall) with crowned with a large, white flower. A Shasta is a classic daisy with its many white petals and golden center.
Light Level: Prefers full sun.
Water: Moderate. Somewhat drought tolerant.
Fertilization: A general slow-release granular fertilizer once in the spring should be sufficient.
Planting Medium: Well draining soil is preferred, but will grow in nearly any soil.
Common afflictions: Leaf spot, powdery mildew, stem rot, wilt
Pruning: Deadhead spent blossoms.
Shasta Daisy Facts: Shasta daisies (not to be confused with their prolific relatives, Oxeye Daisies) make a lovely addition to the garden because they stay green year-round in most places and their long-stemmed flowers are lovely for cutting. They typically do not self-seed and most varieties must be purchased as plants. If deer visit your garden, you’ll be happy to know that they’ll be likely to leave your Shastas alone. Many people thing that Shasta Daisies are native California wildflowers, but they are actually neither native nor wild. Shastas are really hybrids developed in California by Luther Burbank in the 1800’s and are descendents of the Oxeye, a wild daisy originally from Europe.
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