I love white daisies; Shasta daisies in particular.
So I was devastated when I found out that the Shasta daisy no longer grows in Cameron Highlands.
They say the nights are no longer cool enough.
It was a sad specimen but a Shasta daisy nonetheless, so I whipped out the camera and captured a shot for posterity.
But if Shasta daisies refuse to grow in the highlands, there’s just no way I can get them to grow for me in the hot and humid lowlands.
Both plants have flowers with pure white petals radiating from a yellow centre, but that’s where the similarity ends.
While the Shasta daisy has gorgeous blooms 3-4 inches across, the bidens alba has button-sized flowers a modest 1 inch across.
The bidens alba grew quickly reaching for the sky, and before I knew it, I had clusters of little white daisies.
Just the other day, I gathered some blooms for the vase. And surprise, surprise – they make great cut flowers for an English country arrangement.
Care and cultivation: well drained soil; full sun; water moderately; propagate using seeds and cuttings