Chrysanthemum maximum ('Alaska' Shasta Daisy - Alaska) is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. 'Alaska' is a cultivar of the species that is known for its large, white flowers.
The plant is a herbaceous perennial that typically grows to a height of 2-3 feet (60-90 cm) and a width of 1-2 feet (30-60 cm). It has a clumping habit and produces large, showy, white, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers. The flowers are held on sturdy stems above the foliage, making them great for cut flower arrangements. The leaves are dark green and slightly serrated.
Shasta Daisy is native to the mountainous regions of western North America but has been introduced to other parts of the world, including Europe, where it is often cultivated as an ornamental plant. The plant prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is relatively drought-tolerant and can also tolerate heat and humidity.
Chrysanthemum maximum 'Alaska' is commonly grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and borders. The large, white flowers make it a popular choice for cut flower gardens and floral arrangements. The plant blooms from mid-summer to early fall and may produce a second flush of flowers if deadheaded regularly. It is also attractive to pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.
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Scientific Name: Chrysanthmum maximum 'Alaska'
Common Name: Shasta Daisy_ Alaska
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: Mountain Areas in Western Europe
Full Growth Height: 24-32 inches
Spread: 16 inches
Zone: 4 to 10
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Late Spring to Mid Summer
Flower: Showy, Cut Flowers
Attracts: Butterflies, other Pollinators
Flower Color: Orange/Yellow and White
Water Requirement: Low, Moderate
Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay, Chalk, Silty
Gardening Uses: Container Growing