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Perennial leucanthemum

Common name: Shasta daisy, ox-eye daisy

Ideal in mixed borders, perennial leucanthemums can also be combined with grasses in prairie-style or meadow plantings. They include Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum) and native ox-eye daisies (L. vulgare).

Looks

Large white or pale yellow daisy flowers with yellow centres are carried on strong, upright stems above mounds of usually dark-green foliage. Some cultivars have frilly petals or double flowers with a mass of petals and no visible yellow centre.

Likes

Perennial leucanthemums thrive in any ordinary garden soil that drains easily. They flower best in a sunny position, but can tolerate light shade.

Dislikes

They won’t grow well in permanently wet or excessively dry soil, and flower poorly in deep shade.

Did you know?

Keep your plants vigorous and flowering well by digging up clumps every two or three years in spring and dividing them into several smaller pieces. Replant these straight away to fill out your borders.

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