The Montauk Daisy is a member of the chrysanthemum family with Japanese origins. Up until a few years ago the Latin name was Chrysanthemum nipponicum. It has been changed to Nipponanthemum nipponicum. Despite its Japanese origin, the Montauk Daisy naturalized itself around the Montauk Lighthouse Long Island, New York hence its common name.
The Montauk Daisy is a large mounding shrub-like plant of thick glossy green leaves all year long. This sun loving perennial is as happy in the flower bed as it is right on the ocean coast growing in sand. For ocean cottage living, the Montauk Daisy is a must. The green mounds planted to the front and centered between two hydrangea bushes lends itself to the easy care and maintenance required for casual gardening of the seashore property.
The rewards of growing the Montauk Daisy are a vast display of 2" to 3" daisy blossoms on each stem of the plant. The buds appear in late August or September. The flowers start appearing late September into October depending on your zone. These hardy plants are deer and rabbit resistant. They provide nectar for late season butterflies like the monarch that will migrate to Mexico.
Dig a hole twice as wide and deeper than the root ball of the Montauk Daisy. Add organic matter to the soil like compost or peat moss. Plant no deeper than it was in the pot. Water well. Thorough deep watering encourages deep root growth to anchor the plant firmly in the ground.
Once your Montauk Daisy is well established in your flower garden, it is virtually maintenance free. To keep your plant full and bushy it is a good habit to cut top growth almost to ground level in early spring when new growth appears around the crown. Otherwise come fall, the weight of the stems laden with flowers will not be able to support themselves. Every three or four years you should divide this perennialand again amend the soil and water well until established.
The Montauk Daisy easily roots. Cuttings can be stuck in the soil where you want new plants. If you carelessly leave spring cuttings laying on open ground, they may take root. Just pull up and discard unwanted plants. Other than these minor care and maintenance tips, the Montauk Daisy is very easy care and drought tolerant. You will be blessed with ample large daisies late every fall. They make excellent cut flowers for indoor bouquets and flower arrangements.