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Leucanthemum: A species of perennials of the easiest to grow

November 18th 2014 2912 views

Leucanthemum : A species of perennials of the easiest to grow. The leaves are dark green with erect stems, usually reaching 40-130 cm in height, topped with simple flowers, semi-double or double.

Leucanthemum superbum (Marguerite)

It is in bloom from June to September and attract butterflies and bees.

Typically examples of diseases, they grow to about 60 cm (2 ft) and more when their have provided some support. They prefer full sun but tolerate partial shade and grow in almost any type of soil.

These plants are deciduous (they lose their leaves in winter), they reappear each spring with dark green leaves before flowering has the typical shape of daisies with long petals around a yellow eye.

 
 
 
 
Divide the plants every 2-3 years in spring or fall helps keep healthy plants and improve flowering.
 
 
 
 
Remove faded flowers bloom give a fresh appearance and prevent self-seeding and possibly extend the flowering season. Cut faded flowers individually, cutting just above a bud formed lower on the stem or by cutting the whole stem at the base. If plants are ugly, or that the leaves are mottled, or tattered in late summer, cut the plant floor which will force the plant to produce fresh leaves.


The RHS Plant Finder counted 69 cultivars representing variety of simple flowers to forms of double flowers.

The Chicago Botanic Garden (USDA zone 5b) evaluated 36 cultivars Leucanthemum Leucanthemum vulgare superbum and between 1999 and 2006

The purpose of the comparative study was to identify exceptional Leucanthemum for gardens located north America gardens. Twenty-seven taxa have completed a minimum four-year trial, though some taxa were evaluated for a longer period.

Maintenance practices have been minimized to simulate the culture of residential gardens. Water was carried necessary and no fertilizer was applied. The plants were systematically razed each year in late August to rejuvenate foliage and improve the health of the plant before the end of the growing season. Mulch made of shredded leaves and wood chips was placed around plants for water conservation and weed control; No mulch was used for winter.

Plants having obtained the honorable mention of this study were:

'Alaska'

Leucanthemum ou Chrysanthemum Alaska (Marguerite) 4

 
 
 
 
One of the most popular selections, and perhaps the best for cold regions. The flowers are large, simple white daisy with a yellow eye.

‘Amelia’,

Leucanthemum Amelia (Marguerite) 1

Plant with vertical tufts of solid and thick foliage and large single daisy with white petals surrounding a yellow center button.

'Cobham Gold',

The flowers have white petals of snow (2-4 inches in diameter) and yellow centers bloom in May starting at the largest flower show around the beginning of June and continuing sporadically until frost.

‘Filigran’,

Leucanthemum Filigran (Marguerite) 1

This selection of daisies has beautiful white flowers with a yellow disk, the foliage is feathery giving it a different look from the other.

‘May Queen’ ou ‘Maikönigin’,

White flowers with yellow centers.

‘Rijnsburg Glory’,

Leucanthemum Rijnsburg Glory (Marguerite) 1

Perennials to narrowly oblong leaves and daisy flower heads with white rays.

‘Snowdrift’,

Leucanthemum Snowdrift (Marguerite) 1

This plant white daisies double or semi-double with a yellow eye, medium size.

‘Switzerland’, ‘Supra’ and Tinkerbelle’.

'Becky' without being excellent got a good note.

Leucanthemum Becky (Grande marguerite, leucanthème)

'Becky' is perhaps the most popular in America today because of its robustness and reliability in the gardens. But there are many old and new cultivars in flower varieties and sizes, short and broad, with single flowers or frilly double flowers.

Terra Nova Nurseries just produced 'Belgian Lace' a more compact plant.

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