Taxonomy of Becky Shasta Daisy:
Plant taxonomy classifies Becky shasta daisy as Leucanthemum x superbum (you'll also see it referred to as Chrysanthemum x superbum and Chrysanthemum maximum). The cultivar name is 'Becky'.
Characteristics of Becky Shasta Daisy:
Becky shasta daisy reaches a height of 3'-4', with a spread of 2'-3', and flowers profusely. This clump-forming perennial flower blooms June-September. In fact, it is its long blooming period that makes this cultivar especially attractive, along with its drought-tolerance. Becky shasta daisy flowers exhibit the classic "daisy pattern," with white petals radiating from a central yellow disk.
Planting Zones for Becky Shasta Daisy:
Becky shasta daisy can be grown in planting zones 5-10.
Sun and Soil Requirements for Becky Shasta Daisy:
Plant in full sun (or partial sun in the South) and well-drained soil. Becky shasta daisy is drought-tolerant once established.
Uses for Becky Shasta Daisy in Landscape Design:
Use Becky shasta daisy in perennial borders. It also makes a fine cut flower. The drought-tolerance of this perennial flower makes it a good xeriscape plant in hot regions, where many plants have difficulty holding up under the summer heat.
Wildlife and Becky Shasta Daisy:
Becky shasta daisy attracts bees, birds and butterflies. Fortunately, it is not attractive to deer, making it an effective component in deer control.
Care for Becky Shasta Daisy:
Deadheading will promote further blooming. Divide clumps of Becky shasta daisy every 2-3 years to maintain vigor and propagate.
Origin of the Name, "Shasta Daisies":
"Shasta" daisy is named after Mount Shasta in Northern California, not far from where this hybrid was developed by Luther Burbank. The word, "daisy" was originally "day's eye." An early metaphorical reference to the sun, "day's eye" was later applied to the sun-like appearance of this flower, with its central yellow disk surrounded by "rays."