The story of the Shasta Daisy begins
with a gardener from the late 1800's named Luther Burbank. Born and raised in
Massachusetts he moved to Santa Rosa CA at the age of 19. He was amazed at the
climate and soil CA offered and deemed it capable of growing anything. He
experimented with many types of plants but had a strong passion for a New England
"weed" - the ox-eye daisy. He spent years working to develop the perfect
daisy. His efforts paid off and he introduced the Shasta Daisy in 1901. One of the
offspring's of Luther Burbank's perfect daisy is Alaska. Considered by many
gardeners to still be the best best Shasta Daisy, Alaska boast 3 inch wide flowers that
are pure white with perfect yellow centers. The stems are long and very stiff making
them perfect for cutting. Alaska is the hardiest strain of all the Shasta Daisies.
Shasta Daisy 'Alaska'
Plant in full sun and provide a rich well drained soil. Fertilize in early
spring with a top dressing of compost and bone meal. Liquid feed through out the
summer with fish emulsion or seaweed extract. Cut spent flower stems all the way
back to the ground.
Photos of Shasta Daisy 'Alaska' :