October 3

Tuesday Treasures

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Montauk Daisies

We are introducing Montauk daisies to our pollinator garden this year!  Unlike spring’s Ox-eye daisies and summer’s Shasta daisies, Montauks bloom only as the asters begin to fade … thus providing a little autumnal drama.  Once considered a chrysanthemum because the perennial originated in Japan, botanists now recognize it as a genus within the daisy family.   It was introduced to North America in the latter half of the Nineteenth century and adapted so well to the sandy soils of Eastern Long Island that  it was considered a native species ( hence its name ).  Its’ pungent aroma repels deer and rabbits, although migrating butterflies welcome it among their dwindling options.