- Shasta Daisy
An important genus of perennials native to the
Old World, particularly China.
Chrysanthemum maximum, the Shasta Daisy, has toothed leaves
and three- to four-feet stems, bearing mostly
single flowers of white ray petals, up to six
inches in diameter, with a central yellow disc.
Chrysanthemum morifolium (indicum) is a parent of the popular
garden chrysanthemum and comprises both double
and single forms of a wide range of colour. The
Korean Chrysanthemums have mostly single flowers
borne on two- to three-feet stems and comprising
almost every colour except blue.
Chrysanthemum rubellum (syn. Chrysobottonia pulcherrima)
has single rose flowers. There is a dwarf group
of compact and free-flowering habit with single
and double flowers, known as the Cushion Chrysanthemum.
The Pompon varieties have small fully double,
Will grow in a soil that has been enriched with
humus and a position in full sun.
Propagation is by division of the root in spring,
cutting or seed.
The flowering season of Chrysanthemum maximum varieties is
in summer, the remaining in late summer and early
See Also: Chrysanthemum