Call Me Crazy, Daisy!
Updated: Jun 20
The Crazy Shasta daisy, also known as leucanthemum superbum, is hands down one of The Clayton Farm perennial favorites. These daisies form in groups from 1-2 feet wide and 3-4 feet tall. You may see they hold pure white petals and vibrant yellow disk florets. These flowers are commonly used in a bouquet. It also has an unbelievable blooming period, which ranges from late March to early November. It attracts bees, butterflies, and many other common pollinators. Also, be sure to check your daisy petals, as this flower is a popular host plant (a plant that an organism lives off of) for butterflies' young, like milkweed.
This interesting daisy does not only attract the eyes of many gardeners for its dazzling beauty, as it can also be used for medicinal purposes and a few food recipes. For example, a cup of daisy tea can help with ache, discomfort, cough, bronchitis, and liver and kidney disorders. And surprisingly enough, the Shasta daisy is edible. Yes, you heard me right. Some chefs prefer to cut the petals into long ribbons and use them as a salad ingredient mixed with greens. This is truly an interesting plant.
Though there is history behind this hybrid plant that most gardeners have not heard of. This daisy was named "Shasta" after Mt. Shasta, the fifth tallest mountain in the very state I live in, California. This hybrid was made by Mt. Shasta, from a man named Luther Burbank who was a pioneer, horticulturist, and botanist in agricultural science. Like I said earlier, this is one of The Clayton Farm's favorites. Can it possibly be one of yours too? ~ My Daughter