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‘Becky’ shasta daisy

Leucanthemum  × superbum 'Becky'

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This Shasta daisy cultivar has especially large white flowers with yellow centers held on 3- to 4-foot-tall, strong stems that don't need staking. It also blooms later than most of the other cultivars. It originated in a Southern garden, but it is very adaptable to other climates. The masses of crisp, bright blooms are a mainstay of the summer border.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsLarge daisy flowers on strong stems over a long period from midsummer to early fall. Good cut flower. Attracts butterflies.

CareGrow in full sun (or light shade in hot areas) and moist but well-drained soil of average fertility. Deadhead regularly and divide every two or three years.

PropagationDivide in early spring or late summer or sow seed in a cold frame in spring or fall.

ProblemsAphids, slugs, earwigs, chrysanthemum nematode, leaf miners, leaf spots, and stem rot can sometimes cause problems.

  • Genus : Leucanthemum
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. user-7007708 07/18/2015

    I planted a Daisy Becky plant this spring and it is mid-July and the plant has shot up to be almost five feet tall with no flowers yet. Does anyone know if it is alright for me to cut this plant down a little bit to blend with the rest of the garden?

    1. user-6970790 09/05/2017

      In mid-July, I think it's okay to cut back. Plants have a tendency to want to reproduce (yes,an anthropomorphic term since we suspect that plants have no "drive") like we humans.) Plants treated so abruptly tend to have smaller flowers,, but that's a trade-off we make.as gardeners.

  2. ritastgermain 06/13/2016

    and it is early june here in northern vermont,temps this past wked 40's -50's...today a whopping 60..and leucanthemum Becky is 2 feet tall in white bud about to bloom..bought a very tight rooted /container at a grocery store... i used an axe to break it apart... well watered it before doing so...anyhow.. fits the time of year and surrounding bloom times and heights surrounding perrenials.. works for me! good root fertilizer put down... topical long acting fertilizer at ground level.. weed cloth, mulched it..let's see what happens!

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