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Chrysanthemum 'Brightside'

Until now, there were few Chrysanthemum maximum or Shasta Daisy selections that grew as easily and reliably year in and year out as C. 'Becky'.

Luther Burbank, the legendary California breeder, introduced the original Shasta Daisy (named for nearby Mt. Shasta) to USA gardeners over one hundred years ago.

Over the years, breeding work continued and many of the cultivars proved to be attractive bedding plants, but surprisingly delicate once they experienced the rigors of the average garden.

Since the 1930s - at least - a durable but sterile Shasta-type selection was passed along in the Southern USA from one gardener to the next.

It remained nameless until the late 1980s, when it became better known as 'Becky'. Its renown spread quickly and 'Becky' became the 2003 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year.

After years of breeding and selecting using 'Becky' parentage, Jelitto Seeds finally has a wonderful seed alternative to this award-winner.

'Brightside' can be easily produced from seed and shows all the valuable characteristics known only from its parents.

'Brightside' is a vigorous grower, displaying very healthy leaves all the way down it's sturdy stems - a characteristic not often seen in Shasta Daisies.

Dozens of brilliant medium-sized blossoms are held on top of durable, branched stems and make a compact bushy habit up to 80 cm/32".

After flowering from June to August the foliage remains attractive and disease resistant. This is a major step forward for seed-grown Shasta Daisies. 'Brightside' is certain to find a perennial niche in every garden.

Dirk van der Werff

PHOTO COPYRIGHT 2004 Jelitto Seeds

Posted: 10 January 2005
Last modified: 24 April 2007


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