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Featured Plants - Shasta Daisy 'Becky'

Author: 
Marian Hengemihle
Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’ photo by Marian Hengemihle

Leucanthemum x superbum

It’s easy to see why Shasta daisy cultivar ‘Becky’ earned the distinctive "Perennial Plant of the Year” award for 2003.  Showy and reliable this clump-forming perennial is a must have for your summer garden.  The large flowers are a clear white held on strong stems that require no staking. They are unbothered by Maryland’s heat and humidity, blooming from July to September if deadheaded.  Drought tolerant once established, they attract butterflies but are deer and rabbit resistant. A favorite in borders, beds, and containers, try them in cuttings gardens, too, as flowers have a long vase life. About 3 feet tall and wide, plants thrive in full sun in a moist, well-drained soil. Divide every 2-3 years and share this beauty with friends. 

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