Shasta Daisy is a perennial daisy with white petals, yellow disk florets, and glossy dark green leaves. Their Latin name is Leucanthemum maximum, and the botanical name is Asteraceae. This amazingly beautiful flower was created over 100 years ago by Luther Burbank who was an American Botanist, Horticulturist, and Pioneer in agriculture science. There are some Shasta daisy varieties: Gobham Gold is a double flower head and yellow disc, Horace Reed is a double white flower head and in-curved disk florets; Snowlady is a single white flower head. Daisies are for people born in April, symbolizing innocence and hope.
Cute cliches have always existed regarding daisies such as, but not limited to; oops a daisy, fresh as a daisy, and he love me, he loves me not. Daisies create a sense of cleanliness, innocence, and hope.
Shasta daisies reseed prolifically, so it becomes necessary every few years for the plants to be separated and replanted. Shasta daisies grow great in a bed or containers. Shasta daisies are terrific cutting flowers to be used in arrangements. Deer are not attracted to Shasta daisies. After the bloom is done, deadheading is an important step to assure continued flowering. Deadheading is nothing hard, merely snip the dead bloom from the plant and toss away. This will signal the daisy to reproduce another flower. Dried and used in floral arrangements are a great use of Shasta daisies. Shasta daisies need fertile soil and good drainage; which is why some people plant them in containers.
Shasta daisies leaves are delicious when used in tossed salads, and the flowers are used in honey and herbal teas. Daisies have been around since biblical times and were used for medicinal symptoms such as gout, stomach, headaches. They were also found abundantly covering the banks of the rivers with majestic beauty.