A SPECIES OF: Daisy
BOTANICAL NAME: Leucanthemum Superbum
SYMBOLISM: Innocence and purity.
DESCRIPTION: The resulting triple Leucanthemum hybrid was probed with Nipponanthemum nipponicum (Franch. Ex Maxim.) Kitam. Crossed, creating a generic cross of species from three continents.
NAME STORY: Shasta Daisy: It was named after Mount Shasta because its petals were the color of the snow. Some members of the genus are considered harmful weeds, but the Shasta daisy remains a popular garden plant and ground cover.
INTERESTING FACTS: The Shasta daisy is a commonly grown flowering herbaceous perennial plant with the classic daisy appearance of white petals (ray florets) around a yellow disc, similar to the oxeye daisy Leucanthemum vulgare Lam, but larger. It originated as a hybrid produced in 1890 by the American horticulturist Luther Burbank from a number of daisies. First, he crossed Leucanthemum vulgare with Leucanthemum maximum (Ramond) DC.; this double hybrid was itself crossed with Leucanthemum lacustre (Brot.) Samp. The resulting Leucanthemum triple hybrid was crossed with Nipponanthemum nipponicum (Franch. ex Maxim.) Kitam., creating an intergeneric cross of species from three continents.