Trying to identify very tall daisies

Asked March 6, 2019, 1:03 PM EST

Years ago our house in S. Mpls. (built in 1917) had a bed of perennial daisy-like plants that had 3 in. wide conventional looking white flowers with yellow centers. They bloomed late summer and fall with many flowers at the top of each stem. The unusual thing about them were that they were about 5 feet tall. I can’t find anything like them in any reference book or garden catalog. Any clues would be very appreciated.

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Thank you for the question. Without more information or a good quality photo, we can only guess at the identity of the plant. It might be a giant daisy, leucanthemella serotina, which matches the height, bloom size/color/time and perennial status you describe. This plant is considered a potentially invasive garden escapee and is in the aster family which contains many, many different plants. Here's more information:

If this identification doesn't seem correct, check out all the white blooming flowers on the Minnesota Wildflowers website:

Thank you for contacting Extension.