“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
by MAUREEN GILMER
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
A Midwestern garden lover got me thinking about daisies. His small yard has been transformed into a miniature version of the tallgrass prairie that once cloaked the deep loam where his house stands now.
“The bees just don’t go to the Shasta daisies,” he said. “They flock to the coneflowers, black-eyed Susans and blanket flowers, but leave the Shastas alone. I’m going to pull them all out.”
The moment he said it I knew why Shasta was different. This white daisy is not a native perennial but a unique creation of the famous California plant breeder Luther Burbank. READ MORE