The common name for Leucanthemum x superbum is Shasta Daisy. The name is about the volcano Mount Shasta in California. These long-flowering and hardy border Plants are very popular.
Usually can be seen in seaside gardens as these are tolerant of salt spray and hot, dry conditions. These can be grown in borders, alpine beds, rock gardens, wild gardens, or cut flower gardens. It’s perfect for adding a color splash to garden borders.
Leucanthemum is extremely Floriferous, robust, and clump with toothed glossy and fleshy leaves. The flower stalks can reach upto 2ft height and might need the support of trellis to keep themselves upright. All the flower heads are the yellowish or yellow center. Leucanthemum bears single daisies with white petals. The flowers are attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The flowering starts in early summer and continues till autumn. Some new fantastic varieties bring great value to the garden, developed to be more compact, and offer repeat flowering. For good flowering, it is suggested to remove the old dried flowers. Good clearing, tidying, and trimming back of the dead stalks in autumn will improve the longevity and performance of your clumps.
Culture of Leucanthemum
Leucanthemum x superbum grows well in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Trim deadhead blooms for prolonging flowering and cut completely in Autumn. Best suited soil is acidic, chalky, alkaline, clay, light, sandy, or well-drained.
Characteristics of Leucanthemum
White daisy flowers with yellow centers. Formerly in the Chrysanthemum genus. It has nectar pollen-rich flowers. It can cause an upset stomach to pets.
How to Care for Leucanthemum
A well-drained, moderately fertile soil placed in full to partial sun is best suited for Leucanthemum. Support to overgrown plant. Make sure the root ball is level with the surface of the soil when placed in the hole. Water thoroughly whenever watering. However, these are drought tolerant and can survive without water for long.
How to Propagate Leucanthemum
These can be easily divided and propagated in early springs or late summer when it is dormant. The propagation is very easy, and it’s hardly worth the effort of growing seeds.
Problems with Leucanthemum
Aphids, slugs, earwigs, chrysanthemum nematode, and leaf spots may cause problems if not checked. Keep checking for insects and treat if found. High infection can lead to the death of the plant. Generally are disease-free, with few attacks by snail and slug when young.
Deadheading with Leucanthemum
The process of trimming dead flowers is called deadheading. Deadhead regularly to encourage repeat flowering. Cut back stems to the base once flowering has finished in autumn. They will re-emerge again in early to mid-spring.
Planting Ideas for Leucanthemum
Plant together with summer flowering in border offering contrast of height and color.