Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (kruh-SAN-thuh-mum loo-KAN-thuh-mum)
Perennial Sun Height 12 - 36 inches Spread 18- 36 inches Spacing 12- 18 inches
HABIT: Large showy flowers that are great for cutting from early June to August. Returns very well each year.
CULTURE: Easy to grow in any well-drained soil. Low water and fertilizer requirements. Established plants should be divided every few years.
USES: Summer flowers, perennial gardens.
PROBLEMS: None serious
NOTES: Cut flowers have a bad odor. This plant is similar to Shasta daisy but tougher and more drought tolerant. Dwarf Shasta daisy is also a good choice, and ‘Silver Princess’ is a particularly good one. Tahoka daisy (Machaeranthera tanacetifolia) is a Texas native that blooms all summer with blue flowers. Lazy daisy (Aphanostephus skirrhobasis) is a low-growing annual.