SHASTA DAISY

Time / Life Book says,

"The Shasta daisy stands as a living monument to the great plant breeder, Luther Burbank, who for 15 years interbred wild species of chrysanthemums from various parts of the world to produce this modern mainstay of perennial gardens. Varieties range from 1 to over 3 feet tall; some begin to bloom in early summer and others continue well into the fall, even until frost. The flowers, as large as 6 inches across, come in single, double, and anemone forms, and are nearly always snow white with occasional tinges of yellow. Superior varieties include Esther Read and Cobham's Gold, both are 3-inch double types; Snow Cloud, a 3-4-inch anemone-centered double, and the spectacular Thomas Killin, a 6-inch anemone-centered semidouble."

The Shasta Daisy is of the Composite Family (Compositae), also called the Aster or Daisy Family. One of the largest of all plant families (over 800 genera); shrubs and herbaceous plants (including vegetables, weeds, ornamental flower-garden subjects and succulents). The common characteristic of this varied group is the flower structure: a composite head of ray or disk flowers or both (as in daisy). They are easily grown, sun loving plants.

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