Shasta Daisies

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Botanical name: Leucanthemum x superbum

Plant type: Flower

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Any

Flower color: White

Bloom time: Summer, Fall

The cheerful shasta daisy is a classic perennial. It looks similar to the familiar roadside daisy but has larger and more robust blooms.

Shasta daisies tend to bloom in clumps from 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide. They bear all-white daisy petals, yellow disk florets, and contrasting glossy, dark green leaves.

Like clockwork, shastas return every spring or early summer and bloom until early fall. They are never invasive (like some consider roadside daisies to be) and they are terrific for cutting.


  • Grow in full sun.
  • Soil should be moderately fertile, not overly rich, moist but well-drained.
  • Sow seeds in containers in a cold frame in autumn or spring. Divide perennials in early spring or late summer.
  • If you seed directly, expect bloom the following spring after one season's growth.
  • If purchasing a plant in a container, plant in spring.
  • Loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.
  • Space plants 1 to 2 feet apart. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the container.
  • When placing plant in the hole, make sure the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface.
  • Fill around the root ball and firm the soil.
  • Water thoroughly.
  • Many of the taller plants need support/staking.


  • Water during the summer only if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
  • After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above the soil line.
  • Every spring, apply some compost and mulch to help control weeds.
  • Every 3 to 4 years, divide perennials again in early spring or late summer.


Aphids, slugs, earwigs, chrysanthemum nematode, and leaf spots may be troublesome. However, daisies are generally low maintenance.

Recommended Varieties

  • 'Cobham Gold' is a popular variety with double flowerheads and a yellow disc carried atop 2-foot stems.
  • 'Horace Reed' is an elegant daisy with double white flowerheads and incurved disk florets.
  • 'Snow Lady' is a fast-growing, erect, bushy perennial that blooms the first year from seed and produces single white flowerheads in the summer.

Special Features

  • Attracts Butterflies

Wit & Wisdom

Black bees on the clover-heads drowsily clinging,
Where tall feathered grasses and buttercups sway;
And all through the fields a white sprinkle of daisies,
Open-eyed at the setting of day.

–Abba Woolson


Credit: Genny Resch
"Snapshot of praying mantis perched on my shasta daisy."

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I had the tree like ones last

By Kimcorry on April 2

I had the tree like ones last summer they were cur round. Now I look at them they all look dead. Will they come back. Shall I cut off all the dead twigs

Wait and see if you'll have

By Almanac Staff on April 2

Wait and see if you'll have some new growth. You can then remove any dead branches.

I planted a large shasta

By Alessandra on March 29

I planted a large shasta daisy plant last year. I didn't realize I should have cut it back to 2-3 inches in late fall. It is now mostly brown, but started having new green growth mixed in. Is it too late to cut back now in early spring, or will it grow through the old stuff?

You can remove dead or

By Almanac Staff on April 2

You can remove dead or straggly stems. Also remember to deadhead the flowers during the growing season to get more blooms.


I am going to plant hopefully

By TeresaT on March 28

I am going to plant hopefully a bunch of these daisy's for my wedding(that is in August). I live in CT, and want to make sure I will not mess this up!! I plan on starting them from seeds. Any helpful hints that will make this a success?!?

Your help is greatly appreciated!!
Thank you!


A Desperate Bride! :)

Hi Teresa, Make sure to start

By Almanac Staff on April 2

Hi Teresa,
Make sure to start the seeds as soon as possible indoors . If you direct sow in the garden the plants may not bloom this year. You may want to buy a few started shasta plants at the garden center and plant in your garden just to make sure you have enough for the wedding.

hi I have purchased daisy

By hima bindu

hi I have purchased daisy plant couple of months ago
recently I have found some small green insects are sticking to the plant please help me how to get rid from those insects

I love flowers ! Up until

By Mike Turner

I love flowers ! Up until now I have always bought plants but this year I am starting from seed in doors. The
Shasta Daisy as well as Painted Daisy are among those I am starting. It is late February here in Georgia and I am just beginning. long does it take for these plants to germinate ? Once planted out doors will they bloom this summer ?

Hi, Mike, Both daisies

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Mike, Both daisies germinate in 15 to 30 days, depending on conditions. Keep in mind that the optimum soil temperature for germination is 70 degrees F. Yes, they bloom in the summer and keep going if you cut the spent flowers back a lateral bud, leaf or stem. When there are no more buds, cut back stems to basal foliage. All the best.

do daiseys have tuberous

By terri lucas

do daiseys have tuberous roots what do the roots look like can you show a picture of how to slice divide and replant? thanks for all the great input I love daisies Also i am new to planting daisies I planted shastas in the summer and although we have had several frosts i am getting new shoots on the stems, i plan to mulch them well before the next temp drop or what do you suggest? i have cut them down but maybe not far enough? we do keep getting warm spells I am in southern wv thanks for any time and or consideration terri lucas wv

Early spring when you see the

By Almanac Staff

Early spring when you see the first green shoots or after the blooms have faded in the fall are the best times to divide and transplant shasta daisies. Dig up the entire plant, with the root ball, and make divisions using a sharp spade. Cut through the root ball making sure that each division has a couple of shoots with attached roots.

I am in zone 7b (Raleigh, NC)

By Bunnie Peterson

I am in zone 7b (Raleigh, NC) and just received 7 grocery bags full of Shasta Daisies. Should I plant them now or wait? Can I cut the stems to 1-1/2" above the bulb and plant? Or since we have already had our first frost should I store in a window box (with or without potting soil) inside the house until around April 15th?

It's better for the daisies

By Almanac Staff

It's better for the daisies to be planted in the ground now. Add some mulch and keep watering until the ground freezes. The tops can be cut back now or later.

I just purchased a shasta


I just purchased a shasta daisy... is it too late to plant it In Zone 8?

It's not too late. Plant the

By Almanac Staff

It's not too late. Plant the daisy as soon as possible.

When I cut back the plants in

By How much?

When I cut back the plants in the fall. How much do I cut? Stems: all the way to the ground? Foliage on the ground also?

Cut the daisies back to 2 to

By Almanac Staff

Cut the daisies back to 2 to 3 inches above the soil after the plants stop blooming in the fall.

It is Oct 13 in Southern

By puzzeled

It is Oct 13 in Southern Ohio. Can I transplant now or should I wait until Spring? tk you

Fall and spring are the best

By Almanac Staff

Fall and spring are the best times to transplant Shasta daisies. You can transplant now. Water the daisy transplants daily for the first week.

After first frost, do I cut

By Flower gardener

After first frost, do I cut back both the flower stems and the leaves, and by how much?

After the first killing

By Almanac Staff

After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above the soil line.

I did not cut my daisies back

By Jean Jearman

I did not cut my daisies back last Fall so this year they are very tall (three and a half ft.) and very full. The leaves are beautiful but there is no sign of a flower. They are four years old and have never bloomed until late Sept. They have the required amount of sun but perhaps I over watered them. Would that cause the delay in blooms?

I didn't cut mine back until

By Michelle D

I didn't cut mine back until early spring (just didn't get around to it before snowfall). I just noticed my first buds today, so I expect them to start blooming this week. I'm not sure what area you live in, but here in NW Pennsylvania, they never seem to bloom before September. I am still waiting for blooms on my Rudbeckia, Its been a bush of healthy leaves all summer. But my mums, rudbeckia, asters and Shasta daisies all generally bloom late August/early September.

It's not uncommon for shasta

By Almanac Staff

It's not uncommon for shasta daisies to bloom in September. Other factors to consider: Ensure that your soil isn't depleted of phosphorus. Add bone meal to the soil. Don't crowd the roots. Shatas need to be divided every few years or more often.

well my daisies were

By Davaline

well my daisies were agiantFAIL!!! lol not even a sprout oh well I tried and nowI know for next year at least.

my dasies, came as a plant

By David C Wood Sr

my dasies, came as a plant and I planted them. they grew, but never flowered. what do I do, it is fall know 10/31

sow the seeds? when is the

By Cindy Cosmi

sow the seeds? when is the best time to sow this years seeds. Should i let mother nature take over or save them for next spring. i live ay 6500 ft in california. my garden is just starting to turn brown.

Sow seeds or transplants

By Almanac Staff

Sow seeds or transplants outside in the early spring as soon as risk of frost has passed. You can start earlier by sowing inside if you wish.

It's getting close to fall

By grace ryan

It's getting close to fall (late August zone 5), and I need some advice on overwintering my shastas. In years gone by I have both cut them all down at the end of the season, and ignored them until spring clean-up... nothing kills my shastas! But this fall I am heavily dividing my daisies, relocating quite a few, and extending a bed from 15' to over 40. What is the best way to help these new skinny guys through the winter? I read to only cut the foliage when it looks dead, to keep anything that continues to look green, is that a way to go? should I mulch them over winter to promote a warmer environ and encourage roots? Or will that promote suffocation and rot? thanks!

Guidelines for Shasta Daisies

By Almanac Staff

Guidelines for Shasta Daisies are: Deadhead spent flower to prolong bloom. Cut down the plants down in early September to stimulate vegetative growth.

I made the terrible, terrible

By Talia Guzman Gonzalez

I made the terrible, terrible mistake of cutting my daisies almost all the way. I'm thinking they will not survive for the next season. I'm I right?

You just got a head start,

By Almanac Staff

You just got a head start, that's all. Cutting back daisies controls size. It can be done before or after flowering. If you live in an area with low winter temperatures, remember to mulch the daisies well this fall before Old Man Winter arrives. You will see them again next year.

I planted the seeds from the

By Kathy Forbes

I planted the seeds from the center of my daisies after the flower dried on the plan... I have gotten plants that have a furry top and no flowers look like giant weeds...what are they and why didnt it produce Shasta daisy plants

It really depends on the

By Almanac Staff

It really depends on the variety. If the shasta daisy is a hybrid (as many are), it will not produce a plant that is true to parent. Even if it isn't a hybrid, the plants will not look exactly like each other. Also, it's possible that it did some cross-pollinating with other varieties.

This is my first time with

By Davaline

This is my first time with daisies.. well anyplant in fact lol. I just planted them it is now July 23rd. i know I was late planting them but still hopeful they will grow and bloom as it has been extremly sunny and hot in my town for a long while now.
I noticed alot of people over water the daisies...I watered them only after i had planted them from a seed now I'm wondering if maybe i put too much water. only time will tell.

Good for you! Gardening is an

By Almanac Staff

Good for you! Gardening is an experiment for all of us. Shasta daisies often bloom through the fall so they should flower. You just need to water them thoroughly after planting and then water plants if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. One way to tell how much rain you got is to put an empty tuna can outside and measure the rainfall depth! 

My Mom took a piece of a

By Sassie

My Mom took a piece of a friend's Double daisies but the next year, they only had single blooms? Why?

What is the correct way to

By Steve Simmonds

What is the correct way to deadhead my Shasta Daisys. Do you take just the bloom off or do you cut the stem down completely or somewhere in between? Thank you

Shata daisies produce lateral

By Almanac Staff

Shata daisies produce lateral flowers along their stems, so you want to deadhead by cutting both the spent flower and its stem down to the next lateral flower, leaf, or bud.

Hello! I'm new to Shasta

By xn28music

Hello! I'm new to Shasta Daisy care and while I enjoyed the gorgeous blooms this spring, I didn't realize I needed to deadhead them. They are ALL brown and turning to seed. Several sites tell me to cut the stems down to the base of the plant but I want to be sure. I've already cut all the flowers off at the first leaf below the bloom. What do you advise and will they flower again this year? Thanks!

See comment above regarding

By Almanac Staff

See comment above regarding deadheading. Some gardeners believe shasta daisies can be aggressively pruned to after first bloom by cutting back to the leaves at the bottom of the plant after flowering. Try it and see how it works.

I bought small starter Shasta


I bought small starter Shasta daisy's and planted them late May. It is now July and no flowers. How long before they get flowers? The Plant is growing, but no flowers. :(

The usual reason for lack of

By Almanac Staff

The usual reason for lack of bloom: Sun.  Shastas need full, direct sun 6 to 8 hours a day!

My shasta daisies are, one by

By Betsy tyvoll

My shasta daisies are, one by one, beginning to droop. They have been standing straight and tall and strong. Now, they are drooping....Why? Is there anyway I can prevent this?

Here are some thoughts: Tall

By Almanac Staff

Here are some thoughts:
Tall varieties may need to be staked or they will fall over.  
Deadhead the spent blooms regularly to produce a bushier plant. 
When the daisies look fatigued or tired, with drooping foliage and wilting stems, cut them back by a third or more.
Has it been wet? Check the roots for rot. Shasta daisies are fairly indestructable but they can get root rot if the soil doesn't drain well or dry out. Add sand, peat moss and other organic materials to improve drainage, or plant in raised beds.  

I bought and planted 3 pots

By Kathart

I bought and planted 3 pots of these daisies. They looked great until we mulched, now each plant is dying! After reading these posts, I think I watered too much - everyday - but it's been in the mid 90's! We've also had lots of rain here in the NE in the past few weeks. The stems all turned black. Maybe I'll try again & water less.

For the last 2 years I have

By Nina Hoffman

For the last 2 years I have purchased daisies for my front corner garden. Every summer they die. What am I doing wrong. They get a lot of sun. They turn brown and shrivel up. I didn't even get to enjoy any blooms at all this year. I live in Indiana and I know that others have great success with theirs. How do I care for them?

Shasta daisies are

By Almanac Staff

Shasta daisies are susceptible to Blight, leaf spot, crown gall, powdery mildew, rust, rot, and wilt. Many of these issues are due to wet soil -- either from rain or a water-logged planting spot. Take a look at the roots and see if there is any rot? Bring a sample to your local county cooperative extension for a diagnosis.

The center of my daisies turn

By Gail M. Holl

The center of my daisies turn black - what causes this - too much water - not enough...

Only water daisies if

By Almanac Staff

Only water daisies if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. They prefer well-drained soil and lots of sun.

I live at 6400 feet in

By colleen

I live at 6400 feet in Colorado is it to late to plant container shastas this year and do deer like to eat them. They would be in full sun.

One of my daisy plants have

By Christine 1 stevens

One of my daisy plants have tiny leaves. The leaves also look deformed. It has been raining a lot lately. Too much rain.....not enough sun?

Daisies don't like too much

By Almanac Staff

Daisies don't like too much rain. Make sure that the plants are in a spot where the soil drains well. They don't like wet feet.

when the flowers are getting

By chicquita

when the flowers are getting brown and it looks like there dying do I cut them off and will new flowers appear ? is it necessary or will the plant do it by its self ?

Cut off the faded flowers.

By Almanac Staff

Cut off the faded flowers. The plant will grow new flowers for you to enjoy.

ok Thank you this is my 1st

By chicquita

ok Thank you this is my 1st year with ~My Shasta Daisys ~ after I cut off will a new flower bloom right away ? or next year ?? ((hope not next year )) LOL : )

I was just pulling a flower

By Kimanner

I was just pulling a flower off one of the stems of my Shasta and the entire plant came out of ground . I looked at the lower stem and the roots look rotted and the stem was brown. We have been getting lots of rain almost daily so I'm hoping that is the issue but did notice a lot of little spiders next to the plant also. Help!!!! I love my daisy and hoping its not dying.

The rain could have caused

By Almanac Staff

The rain could have caused the browning of the stems. Check your plant for spider mites. Insecticidal soap spray will help with insect pests.

This the second summer for my

By LouLouLou

This the second summer for my two clumps of Shasta daisies. Prolific blooms last year. This year, LOTS of buds but the buds are not opening---can you tell me what to do to get the blooming started?! Thank you!

It's possible that they feel

By Almanac Staff

It's possible that they feel overcrowded; shasta daisies need to be divided frequently. See the posts below as this is a common issue.

My Shasta daisy plant is


My Shasta daisy plant is huge!! I've staked it because it was leaning so far over. I'm wondering, I live in Kansas, if it will hurt the plant at all to divide it now? We still have until November to our hard frost. Will they root OK if they get divided?

Although some gardeners have

By Almanac Staff

Although some gardeners have divided their Shasta daisies in summer with success, in general, it is recommended that the division take place in fall or spring. Dividing puts stress on the plant, and if you live in a hot climate, and divide in summer, the heat will add to the plant's stress, especially when it is spending its energy in flower production. If you absolutely need to divide now, be sure to keep up with the watering to help the transplants get established.

I am wondering why my Shasta

By DeLetta Daniel

I am wondering why my Shasta dasies are blooming very small flowers. I cut back the first blooms after they died off but the new
blooms now are very tiny. What is the matter? What do I need to do?

If you want more vigorous

By Almanac Staff

If you want more vigorous blooms, you need to separate your plants in the spring. Shastas should be divided frequently. Dig up the entire clump, keeping the roots intact, then slice through it with a sharp spade to make new plants. The shoots at the outside of the clump will be the strongest.

My shasta daisy plants were

By Barbara Swanson

My shasta daisy plants were transplanted in good soil this spring. I have numerous shasta daisy plants and many buds. However, like last summer, the buds have a crystal-like substance on them (and down the stem a bit & top leaves). The flowers that do open are deformed-- the petals curl. Help! Last year was the first year this happened, and I was hoping it was a one-time thing. Thanks.

By crystal-like, do you mean

By Almanac Staff

By crystal-like, do you mean white? It sounds as if they have powdery mildew, especially since you mention that the petals are curling and that you have numerous plants. Shasta daisies need plenty of air circulation. Aerate by thinning. Also, spray healthy leaves on affected plants with a garden sulfur fungicide to prevent the spread of the fungus. Follow the instructions on the product label. Allow ample spacing between plants to promote air circulation and collect and discard all aboveground refuse in the fall.

My white daisy's are all

By Cindy Rampmeyer

My white daisy's are all leaves and no flowers. Why?

Usually, shasta daisies do

By Almanac Staff

Usually, shasta daisies do not bloom because they are not getting enough sun. Other reasons: too young, too overcrowded (need dividing), too much nitrogen, poor soil.

Hello. I have had a huge

By Picotboo

Hello. I have had a huge shasta daisy near my driveway for the past three years. This year, the middle of it is not producing any new growth. I have a large but sparse ring of new growth and nothing in the middle?! Dying, time to split (and how)? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Yes, Shasta Daisy should be

By Almanac Staff

Yes, Shasta Daisy should be divided frequently. Early fall is the best time. Separate plants by selecting strong pieces from the outside of the clump. Discard center portion of clump as this is usually dried out and/or less vigorous.


By Anonymous

What would cause both my large and small Shastas to die out after only one year?

There are several

By Almanac Staff

There are several possibilities why a Shasta daisy plant might die, including:

Plants might not have the right light, soil, water requirements. Or, they were planted in an area where they are not hardy [too cold over winter; not enough winter protection (insulation), such as mulch].

Animal/insect damage: Check for insects along the stems, under leaves. Nematodes (microscopic) may live in soil and feed on roots. Check if rodents have nibbled the roots.

Diseases: Make sure there is plenty of air circulation and that the soil is not soggy. Check for browning/yellowing leaves, wilting, or leaf spots--these symptoms may indicate a fungal/viral/bacterial disease. Verticillium wilt and stem rot are two possibilities.

Chemical damage (such as by herbicides applied nearby to control weeds, or too much road salt over winter, if plants are near a road/driveway).

When your plants show signs of failing health, you might take a sample to your local garden nursery or to your county's Cooperative Extension, who might be able to diagnose the problem. For your Cooperative Extension contact information, see:

shasta daisies

By Anonymous

When you say 'keep removing fading flowers' do you mean just the flower or the stem too?

To deadhead fading blooms of

By Almanac Staff

To deadhead fading blooms of Shasta daisies, use a knife or pruners to remove the flower and its stem down to just above where the next flower, bud, or leaf emerge off the stem. When no more flower buds appear, or the leaves look ragged, you can cut the stem down to the base of the plant, on level with any basal foliage.

Wont Flower

By Anonymous

I planted my shastas by seed 3 years ago the Plants have been large and healthy but never flowered last year so I divided them and still waiting on blooms this April.I live in central Florida.What nutrient is missing?

Shastas need sun to bloom.

By Almanac Staff

Shastas need sun to bloom. Make sure they get at least 6 hours of sun. Add a light application of a slow release plant food to the soil in the spring and topdress with some compost.

black dust mold!

By Anonymous

There are some black dusty mold (powdery) on my plant wilting stem by stem :(! what do i do??

sooty mold

By Almanac Staff

It sounds like your plants have sooty mold. This fungus develops on honeydew, a sticky, sugary substance that aphids, mealybugs, scales, or other insects secrete while sipping sap from your plants. The fungus doesn't harm the plants directly, but may inhibit growth by blocking out needed light to plant tissues. You can gently wipe the mold and honeydew off the plants with a damp cloth.

If you control the sap-sucking insects, you will prevent further mold from developing, and also prevent the plant from wilting. Check to see if there are lots of little insects attached along the stems and leaves of your plants. Mealybugs look like tiny white, segmented insects, sort of like mini-pillbugs. Aphids are tiny pear-shaped insects with antennae; the color can vary with species.

If you see aphids or mealybugs, you can wash them off with a strong spray of water; keep spraying plants every few days, and get the undersides of the leaves, too. To control heavy infestations, you can use insecticidal soap, according to manufacturer's directions. If they still don't go away, ask your local garden nursery for stronger organic options. There are also beneficial insects that attack mealybugs or aphids.

Scales, which look like bumps (various colors, depending on species) along the stems, are harder to control. There are some beneficial insects that attack scale. You can gently pick off each scale off one plant, for mild infestations, or use a soft toothbrush dipped in soapy water to gently rub them off the plant. For heavier infestations, ask your local nursery for products to control scale.

After they bloom

By Anonymous

After they have seemd to 'peak out' and have turned brown will they continue to bloom if they are trimmed? It's only been about 30 days of blooming.

To extend the blooming period

By Almanac Staff

To extend the blooming period of shasta daisies, you need to 1. keep removing faded flowers and 2. divide frequently. Select the stronger plants from the outside of the group and remove the plants in the center.

Shasta Daisies

By Anonymous

How much water is too much? We just planted them. We live in southern CA and they are getting daily water but are looking droopy and the flowers are already turning brown. Thanks!

Water plants during the

By Almanac Staff

Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. You can test amount of rainfall but putting out an empty tuna can and measure the level of water inside. If you have tall varieties, they may need to be staked to stand upright. Avoid overwatering which can lead to droopy daisies and disease.

Shasta daisies

By Anonymous

Do you have to cut off dead flowers? Mine all turned brown and they are getting a twenty minute sprinkle daily.

Go for it. They will come

By Almanac Staff

Go for it. They will come back next year!

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