Shasta Daisy, Alaska
One of the oldest and still one of the best.
Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Zone4-9SunFull SunHeight30-36 inchesSpread24-30 inchesBloom SeasonSpringResistant ToDeer, Drought, RabbitOrnamental UseBeds, Borders, Cut FlowersPlanting TimeSpringLife CyclePerennial
Shasta Daisy, Alaska is rated out of 5 by 6.Rated 5 out of 5 by John54 from Shasta Daisy 'Alaska' from seed I had a new sunny flowerbed and had always wanted Shasta daisies and decided to go with 'Alaska' as I'd always loved it. Started from seed directly in garden in spring of 2013. Excellent germination, I think at least 75% of the seed must have germinated which was more than enough. I really didn't bother to thin the plants as I figured I would probably lose some plants during the summer. That summer was extremely hot and dry but even after I forgot to water them for a week one time and the leaves were severely damaged, a little water and they survived. Did nothing special over the fall/winter. This spring every plant must have sprung into growth and I now have a flowerbed thick with Shasta daisies, the flowers at about 36" high. I will definitely have to divide the clumps this fall. One thing I wanted to mention. A few people stated there were no blooms the first year or only a few. After reading up, I found that Shastas started from seed generally don't bloom until the second year. That was my experience, the first year the plant establishes itself, the second year it starts to bloom prolifically. If you're in a hurry for flowers you'll want to purchase a plant that's at least a year old.Date published: 2014-05-25Rated 5 out of 5 by Ldr7 from Bloomed first year (but started early) Love these- easy, vigorous. My little babies each made me one flower this summer (hey, they're trying, right?), and I can hardly weight to see what they do now that they are foot-wide mounds each. The plants never went dormant, even here in New England and a month of 2foot snow pack ala Winter Storm Nemo. They just kept on truckin', got to love it. Planted from seed indoors in February, in the ground in May. The ground froze in May too, but the seedlings didn't seem to mind. Excellent plant.Date published: 2013-05-06Rated 4 out of 5 by BillTMcD from Love it!!! but.... I started these from seed in early February 2011. I had excellent germination success rate. Right now I have a dozen or so very healthy mounds, but no flowers. I didnt recall that stated anywhere so I guess Im pretty disappointed. In fact Burpee claims they will bloom the first season. Reading the reviews here, I see that is not the case. The green plants are healthy to be sure, but Burpee could be a little clearer. 4 out of 5 stars because I cant tell you how the plant blooms. Could just be me......Date published: 2011-08-11Rated 5 out of 5 by eaglover from Crazy about These Daisies! I grew the Alaska variety of Shasta Daisy from seed in late winter/early spring 2006. About 75% of the seeds germinated in my cold basement under plant lights. I planted six of the plants in the flower border on the side of my house in a mixture of compost and peat. I watered them almost daily for the first month to make sure that they had become established. This garden receives about eight hours of direct sunlight per day and faces the east/southeast. By the first fall, the plants had grown into huge mounds of wonderful leaves (no flowers the first year)! During the second summer, these plants grew into beautiful specimens. They had anywhere from 40 to 75 flowers each. The flowers were 2-3" in diameter. There were enough to cut for indoor displays while leaving plenty on the plants themselves. The cut flowers often lasted over three weeks when I changed the water every few days. My area is in Zone 6, and the plants flowered from about the end of June to the end of July. By the end of the second summer, the plants were over three feet tall and about three feet in diameter with the flower heads. Also, they were ready to split by the second fall. Early in the flowering period, I had an aphid problem on two of the six plants. A treatment of natural dish soap and water did the trick, but one plant was too far gone by that point. Its flowers were small and shriveled. The other plant produced flowers normally though. Therefore, I believe that if you catch such an infestation in time, these plants are hardy enough to bounce back even during the flowering period. I got a few compliments about how cute these daisies are. I would recommend the Shasta Daisy Alaska for perennial, mixed, and cutting gardens!Date published: 2008-01-19Rated 5 out of 5 by mkot from shasta I loved this flower. It bloomed all summer, no work on it needed. So cheerful!Date published: 2006-10-18Rated 5 out of 5 by Marg from Best of the Shasta Daisies I grew my "Alaska" Shasta daisies from Burpee seed several years ago. I started the seed in pots on my front deck in spring and planted the resulting plants in the ground that fall. These are the prettiest of the several types of Shasta daisies I have growing in my gardens. The shape is elegant, the flowers are beautiful, and the plants are very hardy. I can hardly wait to divide them again this fall so I can have more of them growing in new spots next year.Date published: 2006-08-31