2003 Perennial Plant of the Year
Zone 4 - 9
Shasta Daisies have been a garden favourite for well over 100 years. The first hybrid was created by Luther Burbank in 1890. He named the plant 'Shasta Daisy' because the clean, white petals reminded him of the snow on Mount Shasta in California. 'Becky' is a vastly improved cultivar with sturdy, upright stems that can take a heavy rain or strong wind without needing to be staked. It is very floriferous bearing a multitude of three-inch wide, single white daisies from the end of June to the beginning of September -- a much longer flowering season than most Shasta.
'Becky' is an excellent choice for the border, mass-planted or even in a 'naturalized' setting. It makes a great cut flower and is also loved by butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant it with Russian Sage (Pervoskia atriplicifolia) and Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue' for a long season of 'cool' blooms. To create real excitement add a dash of red with Kniphofia 'Red Nancy' or Crocosmia 'Lucifer'.
'Becky' is easy to grow in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It is also tolerant of partial shade. Deadheading will encourage reblooming and an extended flowering season. HEIGHT: 90-100 cm SPREAD: 75-90 cm
1 gallon container size
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