Erigeron

Fleabane

With a carefree guise that belies their stalwart nature, Erigeron promises to embellish any little spot: cracks and crevices, window boxes, between paving stones or a border’s foreground. Happiest in well draining, even sandy soils, these vigorous, no-nonsense perennials parade daisylike blooms for months on end and can easily endure dry conditions.

<i>Erigeron compositus</i> var. <i>discoideus</i>

Beloved by bees and butterflies, ebullient narrow-rayed daises with sunny yellow eyes prance above a bright gray-green mound of filigree-like foliage. Tightly packed petals, ranging in colors from soft pink to lavender blue, distinguish the petite blooms. A no nonsense diminutive North American native that belies its delicate-looking demeanor, this darling Fleabane is well-suited for alpine gardens, edging a pathway or adorning containers. It can endure poor dry abodes, demands sharp draining soil, doesn’t interest the deer and is most effective when planted en masse.

Blooms May—June.

Size: 4" high x 8" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Bart O’Brien at California’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden selected this exceptional California native for its extra large 3 in. wide lavender daisies and trim compact evergreen mound. Enticing finches, butterflies and other plant lovers, dozens of sprightly greenish golden-eyed flowers unfurl from spring through summer above low growing leaves that can handle coastal front lines. Enriched soil, occasional deadheading, partial shade if planted inland plus a yearly cut back ensure ‘Bountiful’s abundant good looks.

Blooms May–October

Size: 6" – 12" high x 12" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Erigeron glaucus</i> ‘Ron’s Pink’

Here’s a perennial we’ve been waiting for: a pink flowering, compact selection of our native seaside daisy. Its upbeat, 2 in. wide daisies feature crowded delicate rays centered with large yellow eyes. This Ron Lutsko discovery hosts droves of blooms above a lush and tidy, bluish green basal rosette. Chipper yet tough, evergreen ‘Ron’s Pink’ maintains its composure through salt spray, howling winds and coastal drought.

Blooms May–November.

Size: 6" – 12" high x 12" wide.

Zone 8/9.

<i>Erigeron glaucus</i> ‘Sea Breeze’

For its large and deeply colored daisies, its bounteous bloom and neat compact character, British nursery owner, Fred Yates, selected this outstanding, easy-to-grow Erigeron from a group of Erigeron glaucus seedlings. A low, dense evergreen mound of handsome, balsam-scented gray-green foliage gets buried under the nearly 2 in. wide lavender-pink flowers that are elevated on short steadfast stems and brightened by chartreuse and gold eyes.

An adorable yet resilient addition to a cottage garden, rockery, hillside or border’s front row, ‘Sea Breeze’ handles coastal living and some drought, but requires well draining soil and light shade where its hot. (pp#12,076)

Blooms May – October.

Size: 6" – 12" high x 12" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Erigeron</i> x <i>moerheimii</i>

This low growing Erigeron is a marathon bloomer with a tenacious mettle and charm to spare. Thin-rayed, 1 in. wide soft pink daisies produce a bountiful, nearly year round display that almost veils the sprightly bundle of slender wiry stems and small narrow green leaves.

Rumored to be from the Royal Moerheim, a Dutch Nursery founded in 1888 and distinguished for its ‘Natural Style’ plants, Erigeron x moerheimii resembles Erigeron karvinskianus, but is more compact and doesn’t reseed. It can be enjoyed spilling over a wall or softening steps and pathways.

Blooms April – October.

Size: 12" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

An ebullient bevy of semidouble, narrow-rayed lavender-hued daisies with sun-kissed centers floats all summer long on strong stems. Yielding a reliable bushy green clump and fantastic good-sized cut flowers to boot, ‘Azure Fairy’s pixie-like charm belies its adaptable peppy habit, which looks best en masse and abides clay or sandy soil.

Blooms June–August

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Erigeron speciosus ‘Pink Jewel’ (P-1257)

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In an ebullient display, ‘Pink Jewel’s thin, closely set orchid-pink petals abundantly converge around golden yellow centers. From a bed of round-tipped basal foliage, the sturdy, branching stems clad in smaller, lance-shaped leaves bolster 1-½ in. wide, asterlike blooms which are perfect for cutting. Extremely hardy and undemanding, this floriferous, western U.S. native can be partnered with yellow flowering Achillea ‘Marmalade’ for a collage of cheerful flowers

Blooms June–August.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

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