14 tips to Make Caring for Shasta Daisies a Breeze

The Shasta daisy has lovely summer blooms. Caring for Shasta daisies is easy. It is a fairly low maintenance perennial plant that naturalizes to give more and more blooms each year and is great for filling in garden beds and bare spots in your garden.

These care tips will help you to get the most out of the plant.

Growing Shasta Daisies is easy with these care tips

Is your birthday in April? You are probably aware that the daisy is one of April’s birth flowers.  (Sweet pea is the other.) One of the prettiest daisies is the Shasta Daisy. It has the traditional English daisy look with pure white petals with yellow centers and dark, glossy leaves.

Shasta Daisy Facts

The flower is also thought to symbolize innocence and hope because of its pure white color and simple look. It is a common feature in English cottage style gardens.

The botanical name for Shasta Daisy has changed over the years.  It used to be known as Chrysanthemum x superbum, but is now commonly referred to as Leucanthemum x superbum. There are many varieties of Shasta daisy plants. Some will grow to 3 feet tall and others to just a few inches.

The term Shasta Daisy is named after Mount Shasta, which is located in Northern California.  The plant is a hybrid that was developed by Luther Burbank in 1901.

While some daisies come in a variety of colors, most Shasta Daisy colors are limited to white petals with a yellow center and dark green glossy leaves.

(There are a few with yellow petals, too.) If you are looking for brightly colored daisies, try Gerbera, Marguerite, painted daisies and, of course, coneflowers.

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Is the Shasta Daisy a common English Daisy?

Many daisies often have white petals and yellow centers. How to they differ? Some common daisies that you are likely to come across are English daisies, Shasta Daisies and Oxeye Daisies.

The Shasta variety is very similar to an English daisy, but it has a much larger yellow center and it also grows much taller. The flowers themselves are also much larger.

The Oxeye Daisy is also similar to the English daisy. It is a roadside wildflower that spreads easily and is very drought tolerant. It is known to be quite invasive.Oxeye Daisy is similar to Shasta Daisy

The English daisy is from the bellis genus. Shasta daisy and Oxeye daisies are from the leucanthemum family

Caring for Shasta Daisies

The main considerations for growing the Shasta daisy plant is to give it plenty of sunlight and to take care to divide to contain the plant. It naturalizes easily and can take over a garden if it is not maintained well.Get tips for the care of Shasta Daisies

How much sunlight do Shasta Daisies need?

The plant likes to grow in full sun.  This makes it ideal for borders in the middle of lawns or containers that sit in the center of sunny garden beds.

Shasta daisy (and it’s more rampant growing cousin oxeye) can tolerate less sunny conditions but they won’t flower as well.

Soil Requirements for Shasta Daisy

This perennial likes a well draining, fertile soil, so preparing the soil before you plant is a must.  A fertile soil contains major nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, as well as smaller quantities of calcium, sulfur, iron, magnesium and other nutrients. Silty soil is considered the most nutrient rich. Some ways to increase the fertility of your soil are:

  • Adding manure. This adds nitrogen to the soil.
  • If you have room, start a compost pile and use the compost to enrich the soil.  Adding humus to the planting holes will make sure that the plant will bloom well all summer long.
  • Mulch around the plants with leaves, bark, hay, wood chips or straw. These materials will help to retain moisture and will also cool the soil.  They also break down over time and add more nutrients to the soil matter.
  • Grow cover crops in the winter months.

Many local Department of Agriculture departments will analyze your soil for free, or you can purchase a soil testing kit from your local garden center, or online.

Planting Shasta Daisies

Shasta daisies will grow easily from seeds.  You can start seeds in peat pots indoors, or containers in a cold frame in autumn or early spring. If you sow seeds directly into the garden, you can expect blooms the next year after the plant has been growing for a year.Plant shasta daisies 2-3 feet apart since they will spread

Garden centers sell containers of Shasta daisies each year. Plant these in the spring for summer blooms.

Space Shasta daisy plants 2-3 feet apart to allow for their spreading nature.  Be sure to give the plant a hole twice the diameter of the container you purchased it it. 

Dwarf varieties such as Shasta Daisy Lacrosse can be planted a bit closer. It is also a bit more cold hardy since it will also grow in zone 4.

Be sure to check out my list of other cold hardy perennial plants here.

Flowering Season of Shasta Daisies

The plant flowers in summer and blooms until early fall. The flowers have showy heads with a large center yellow area. Depending on the variety, there is quite a bit of variation in the petals.

Shasta daisies have an upright habit with stiff stems and flowers that sit above the foliage.  Shorter dwarf varieties are better in the front of a garden beds but the taller plants will form big clumps that add a backdrop to other perennials.

The blooms are great for cutting to bring indoors.

The petals of shasta daisy flowers are nyctinastic – They open up and close at night.

Shasta daisy flowers

The taller varieties may need protection from strong winds, and some also require forms of support to hold the flower stems so that they don’t flop over.

How often should I water a Shasta Daisy?

This perennial is quite drought friendly.  It definitely does not like soggy soil or wet feet and will easily rot if you over water it. The plant can actually tolerate limited periods of drought.Shasta daisies are quite drought friendly

If your summer rainfall is less than 1 inch a week, it’s a good idea to give the plant an extra drink.

How cold hardy is Shasta Daisy?

This pretty plant with its perky blooms is a hardy perennial that will come back even after freezing winters in cold hardiness zones 5-8. Even though the plant is a perennial, it is quite short lived.  Many only last just a few year.

To offset the short life span, plant new plants each year. This yearly planting will ensure that the plant will continue to naturalize and grace your garden setting.

Deadheading Shasta Daisies

Caring for Shasta Daisies means that you must put deadheading on your list of summer chores. Deadheading is the process of removing the blooms that have finished flowering.

To do this task, just cut the flower stem off at the base of the plant. New flower stems will soon emerge.Shasta daisies will become fuller and produce more flowers if you deadhead them.

Taking care to deadhead means that you may get two or three rounds of flowers a season, so it is well worth the effort.

If you deadhead the plant it will encourage heavier blooms and a larger amount of them, so your plant will give you a better show of flowers.

Cut flowers last a long time indoors, and will also encourage additional blooming on the plants in the ground.

For plants that don’t need deadheading, be sure to check out this article.

Pruning Shasta Daisies Plant

The plant is relatively easy to prune.  It has no real winter interest and most of the time the plant turns mushy during the winter, so pruning is a good idea to tidy up the garden area.

After the first frost that kills perennial foliage, cut the stems of the plant back to about an inch above the soil line. If you live in a warm hardiness zone, the plant may stay evergreen all year long.Printable for the care of Shasta Daisies

Propagation of Shasta Daisies

Shasta daisy seeds are readily available and this is one of the most common methods of growing the plant. The plant grows from rhizomes, which spread under the soil, so the size of the clump can increase fairly quickly. 

To propagate existing plants, divide every 3-4 years in early spring or late summer.

Once your clump of Shasta daisy plants get to be about 3 years old, like many perennials, the plant will become woody and die out in the center.

To divide the plant, dig up the clump and discard the woody center. You will likely have two or three outer sections with more healthy young rhizomes.

Replant these in your garden just below the crown of the new plants.

Be sure to check local regulations if you plan to grow Oxeyes. They are considered invasive and are banned in some states, since they grow TOO quickly.

Companion plants for Shasta Daisy

There are many perennials that will make nice companions for daisies.  Since it has a white flowering habit, other more colorful cottage garden perennials will look great growing nearby.Companion plants for Shasta daisies

Some popular choices of companion plants are:

Special Features of Shasta Daisies

Shasta daisies make great cut flowers

The plants are a great attraction for bees and butterflies. It is a deer resistant plant and makes great cutting garden flowers.  The plant is great for both garden beds and containers.

Pests and Diseases

There are a few bugs that could be a problem for Shasta Daisies.  Earwigs, and aphids will sometimes appear and slugs seem to enjoy them too.

As far as diseases go, leaf spots can also be an issue. Over-watering can cause fungal diseases. Generally speaking, most forms of daisies are low maintenance when it comes to pests and diseases.

Shasta Daisy Varieties

There are many varieties of Shasta Daisy available. Here are a few to try:

Silver Princess Shasta Daisy is prized for its smaller and more compact growth with large showy flowers.

Shasta Daisy Becky offers more tolerance to southern and northern climates.

Silver Princess Dwarf has large snow white daisies and grows to only 12″ tall with a 12″ spread. Nice compact size that is perfect for smaller garden spots and containers.

Shasta Daisy ‘White Breeze’ has wide-open white daisies that appear the very first year from seed.

Shasta Daisy Alaska grows to about 2 1/2 feet tall with very large flowers.

If you would like to be reminded of the care tips in this post, pin the image below to one of your gardening boards.Caring for Shasta Daisies is easy if you follow these few simple tips

What is your favorite type of daisies?  What is it that bothers you most about trying to grow them?  I’d love to hear your comments below.

Admin note: This post for how to care for Shasta daisies first appeared on the blog in June of 2018. I have updated the post to add new images, a printable project card, and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: 1 happy plant

How to care for Shasta Daisies

How to care for Shasta Daisies

Shasta daisies are often found in English cottage gardens. This pretty perennial is the birth flower of those born in April, Caring for it is easy with these tips.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty moderate
Estimated Cost $10


  • Shasta Daisy Plant
  • Organic Matter or Compost
  • Mulch


  • Hose or watering can


  1. Plant Shasta Daisies 2-3 feet apart.
  2. Prepare the soil well by adding compost or other organic matter.
  3. Soil needs to be well draining and fertile.
  4. Water well to get the plant established and then it is quite drought tolerant.
  5. Mulch the soil so that you don't have to water as often.
  6. The plant is cold hardy in zones 5-8.
  7. Propagate by division in spring.
  8. Flowering time is summer and early autumn.
  9. Protect tall plants from high winds.
  10. Deadhead often for more blooms.


Print out the chart below with growing tips for Shasta Daisies and add it to your gardening journal.Printable for the care of Shasta Daisies

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  47 comments for “14 tips to Make Caring for Shasta Daisies a Breeze

  1. Niki Carter
    08/04/2018 at 6:14 pm

    My Shasta’s have not bloomed yet. The lower leaves are brown and falling off. Do you know what I am doing wrong. This is their 3rd year.

    • Carol
      08/04/2018 at 8:40 pm

      There are several reasons why Shasta daisies won’t bloom. (not being divided, not deadheading past flowers, too much fertilizer etc) None of these seem to be the fault. Shasta daisies like lots of sun and will get leggy and not bloom without it. This doesn’t sound like yours either.

      The only other thing I can think of is the heat. If it is VERY hot, they won’t bloom until the weather moderates. Too much water could also be a problem that would cause lack of flowers.

      • Catherine webb
        06/15/2019 at 6:05 pm

        Can I sow the shasta seeds now in Az?.

        • Carol
          06/15/2019 at 6:11 pm

          You can sow Shasta daisy seeds any time throughout the summer but it is suggested to get them in the ground about 2 months fore the first predicted frost.

      • norma K kaufmann
        07/28/2020 at 12:56 pm

        My Shasta’s are very invasive.
        If I spray to kill will it kill the rhizomes too which is what I want to do.

        • Carol Speake
          07/29/2020 at 3:40 pm

          Digging up the plant is the best way to get rid of an invasive plant.

  2. Nancy Aragona
    04/29/2019 at 2:53 pm

    My Shasta daisies are huge and the branches get heavy in late summer and droop. Trying to find a good support from underneath. Any suggestions?

    • Carol
      04/29/2019 at 4:56 pm

      Planting lower growing shrubs near the Shasta daisies might be a way to keep them from flopping over. They have so many flower stems that normal supports aren’t really an option.

  3. Carolyn
    05/06/2019 at 12:06 pm

    I have these planted in a small bed outside my front porch. They have filled in nicely over a couple years and are starting a lovely bloom cycle. The get pretty harsh afternoon sun in the summer and look a bit wilted during midday, I deadhead regularly and cut flowers for indoors. Love them– something my mom and grandma always grew!

    • Carol
      05/06/2019 at 5:02 pm

      They are one of my favorite flowers too Carolyn. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Susan
    05/13/2019 at 4:58 pm

    My daises haven’t even appeared yet!!! Do you think they are going to? I live in upstate New York….

    • Carol
      05/13/2019 at 5:50 pm

      I’m not personally familiar with upstate New York Weather, but I was born in Maine and many perennials didn’t show until later when the weather has been cold. Sometimes the winter can kill perennials. Shasta Daisy is cold hardy in zones 5-8. What is your zone? If it’s colder than zone 5, it may not come back at all.

    • Diane Azarenok
      06/28/2020 at 10:19 am

      My Shasta Daisies look as if there dying . I planted them in a good soil and added Potting soil with Miracle Grown . Watering everyday!! No rain , temps high 80’s – 90 ‘s . Morning and evening. Petals falling off only yellow center in place . Petals changed from a pure white to a grayish white . Help Please !!

      • Carol Speake
        06/28/2020 at 12:46 pm

        It is impossible to diagnose plant problems without seeing the plant. To me, it sounds like too much sunlight or heat too high. Shasta daisies can sometimes suffer in the heat.

  5. Arlene Harouff
    06/03/2019 at 12:10 am

    We have lovely Shastas that have been growing in our garden for five or six years. We have divided and thinned them out but our problem is yellowing lower leaves. I wonder if it is slugs that cause those leaves to yellow. They get very little supplemental water in Salem Oregon and are in full sun. I really dislike the yellowing of the lower leaves and continually pull them off as they turn yellow. If I don’t they just dry up. (We have added compost each year. Is it perhaps too rich?) Thanks for any help on this.

  6. Arlene
    06/03/2019 at 12:12 am

    We have lovely Shastas that have been growing in our garden for five or six years. We have divided and thinned them out but our problem is yellowing lower leaves. I wonder if it is slugs that cause those leaves to yellow. They get very little supplemental water in Salem Oregon and are in full sun. I really dislike the yellowing of the lower leaves and continually pull them off as they turn yellow. If I don’t they just dry up. (We have added compost each year. Is it perhaps too rich?) Thanks for any help on this.
    You have such a lovely sweet spirit – I can see from your photo!

    • Carol
      06/03/2019 at 10:30 am

      Hi Arlene. It’s most likely lack of water that is doing it since they are in full sun. I have the same thing happen here in NC. It’s just part of the maintenance. Carol

    • Carol
      06/03/2019 at 10:31 am

      Thanks for the nice comment. I like to think my spirit is sweet!

  7. Phyllis Pauwels
    06/04/2019 at 2:34 am

    I didn’t realize daisies propagated so quickly !! Now I wish I hadn’t planted them along my house west wall right up to the cinder block foundation ! They are tall, full & beautiful but taking over the area. My plan is to rip 3/4’s out after they bloom as they have blooms set now. I’m wondering if their roots have damaged the cinder blocks !

    • Carol
      06/04/2019 at 9:54 am

      It is possible for some type of plants to have roots that can damage cinder blocks and other foundation types, but in my experience, this is more likely to be tree roots than perennials. However, the only way to know is to have a look when you dig up the plants.

  8. Sue
    07/15/2019 at 10:53 am

    Shasta I planted last year started coming back this year with leaves but then stopped growing. Leaves are still green but only 6-8 inches above ground and no sign of flowers. I live in Rhode Island.

    • Carol
      07/15/2019 at 5:36 pm

      You might try stepping up the water and perhaps adding some fertilizer or compost. My shasta daisies slow down when it gets really hot.

  9. Sharon A flannagan
    08/16/2019 at 8:02 pm

    I really wish I could find the margarite double petal pom-pom pink Daisy I grew 30 years ago but have not seen it around. Today I bought a Shasta Daisy that’s got a double petal rim that reminds me of it a little.

    • Carol
      08/16/2019 at 8:47 pm

      It seems that some of the more unusual plants are only available at online nurseries now, and even then, they can be sold out of desirable plants.

  10. Lesley
    10/14/2019 at 4:09 pm

    Is it OK to divide and replant Shasta daisies AFTER the first frost? We live at 6500′ and have already have a few frosts, but the ground is still soft & workable.

    • Carol Speake
      10/17/2019 at 11:34 am

      I would leave dividing until spring if you already have had frost. The plants need time to recover after division and would suffer with more frosts.

  11. Gloria Hurtado
    05/07/2020 at 7:27 pm

    My Shasta daisy is full of blooms right now & ready to open up, but once their open I get some kind of insect that attacks the yellow center part of the flowers,, what can I put to prevent this. THXS for your HELP!!

    • Carol Speake
      05/08/2020 at 12:29 pm

      Hi Gloria. it’s hard to say what the problem is without seeing the bug in action so it can be identified. Aphids and earwigs are a common pest for Shasta Daisies but I cannot tell you what to use to get rid of a pest without knowing what the pest is.

    05/28/2020 at 8:31 am

    My shasta daisies are very hardy. But they are too tall. Can I cut them back before bloom starts so they will be shorter?

    • Carol Speake
      05/28/2020 at 12:41 pm

      Cutting them back will make them bushier and shorter plants but you will sacrifice the first round of flowers if you do.

  13. Jill
    06/05/2020 at 9:11 am

    I live in the south of England and love my Shasta daisies. one clump has now become 5 along my beds! Mine start flowering very early, mid March, and are now nearly over in June. They are very tall, getting on for 3’. If I cut them down now will I get another flowering, and next year should I do an early chop on them to stop them getting so tall? They do suffer from wind damage because of their height.

    • Carol Speake
      06/05/2020 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Jill. I am not sure about the UK, but here in NC (southeastern USA) once it gets hot, I have no luck getting reblooms even with deadheading. Supposedly though, deadheading inhibits seed production and encourages regrowth and rebloom.

  14. Irene
    06/11/2020 at 5:48 pm

    I was wondering why my Shasta daisy only blooms once a season, and the answer appears in your comments to other gardeners: it just gets too hot after the first bloom-out in mid June. I live in Colorado at 5,000 feet and July and August can be brutal. I’m very diligent with watering and deadheading, so it must be the high heat. Regardless, I get a beautiful flush of blooms right about now, then the plant is just a green mound in my garden. We’ve already had some unseasonably warm days in early June, 90+, but the buds are about to open. Thanks for your expertise!

  15. Liga H
    06/29/2020 at 2:13 pm

    Hi! How/when do I cut/gather Shasta daisies as indoor flowers for a vase. I cut some that had leaned over and brought them in, just a little water and they are all drooping their heads! 😔

    • Carol Speake
      06/30/2020 at 11:31 am

      Hi Liga. Shasta daisies can last several days indoors. Cut the flowers in the morning when the plant is cool and well hydrated. Remove the lower leaves on the stem and place in cool water immediately. Replace the water every few days.

  16. Georgea GREEN
    07/10/2020 at 11:32 am

    Can I plant the dead heads to start new plants? When should they be planted? Thank you.

    • Carol Speake
      07/11/2020 at 9:34 am

      No. They are dead at this point.

  17. Brigitte
    07/19/2020 at 2:05 pm

    Good afternoon! I noticed the petals of my daisies are slowly being eaten. First it was the leaves now the petals. Can you help me?

    • Carol Speake
      07/20/2020 at 4:05 pm

      There is no way of knowing what is eating the plant unless you see the bug in pereson.

      • Brigitte
        07/21/2020 at 1:42 pm

        I was able to take a photograph of these nasty little bugs. They appear to be baby earwigs. What to you suggest I do to get rid of them? I have never had this problem before.

        • Carol Speake
          07/21/2020 at 6:41 pm

          I am sorry but I cannot give recommendations for treatment of insects on specific plants in your yard without seeing the plants in person.

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