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Let It Snow (Cap)! Let It Snow (Lady)!

Let It Snow (Cap)! Let It Snow (Lady)!

Posted by John Friel on Sep 21st 2021

Leucanthemum xsuperbum

Few perennials are better known or more appreciated than the beautiful and talented Shasta daisy. Its cheerful white-petaled, gold-centered blooms brighten any sunny border. In very hot or dry climates, light shade is welcome. Wet feet in winter? Not so much.

Varieties span a wide range including single, semi-double and fluffy double forms. Heights range from under a foot to over three feet. Two of our best-sellers are in the compact category.

L. xs. ‘Snowcap’: This low-grower covers itself with large, lovely white single daisy flowers. Excellent garden performance. Hardy in Zones 5-9, it stands 14 – 18” tall.

L. xs. ‘Snow Lady’ is a dwarf form, at home in containers or landscape. Its sturdy stems and good vase life make it a fine, although short, cut flower. Those attributes also made it an AAS Award Winner. Just 10 – 12” tall, it’s hardy in Zones 5 – 9.

Botanical Backstory

First hybridized by pioneering plantsman Luther Burbank in California, the Shasta daisy blends the bloodlines of four species. Three are now known as Leucanthemum and one as Nipponanthemum, but when he crossed them in the 1890s, naming the result for nearby snow-covered Mount Shasta, all were considered Chrysanthemum. 

Your customers deserve a good snow job. Pot up some ‘Snowcap’ and ‘Snow Lady’ this fall and shape up your spring Shasta selection. It all starts with smooth-planting, fast-growing 72-cell starter trays from Emerald Coast Growers – your easy choice!

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