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Erigeron karvinskianus AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink, Purple and White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

Mexican fleabane

Family

Asteraceae


Erigeron can be annuals, biennials or perennials with simple or lobed leaves, and daisy-like flowers with many slender rays, appearing over a long period in summer

E. karvinskianus is a perennial forming wide mats to 15cm in height, with narrow, hairy leaves and daisy-type flower-heads 15mm in width, opening white but soon turning pinkish-purple

Other common names

  • Australian daisy
  • Australian fleabane
  • Latin American fleabane

Synonym(s)

  • Erigeron karvinskianus 'Bluetenmeer'
  • Erigeron karvinskianus 'Profusion'
  • Erigeron mucronatus
  • Erigeron 'Profusion'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil that does not dry out in summer; best in full sun with some midday shade. Ideal for wall or paving crevices but can self-seed and become invasive in mild areas

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead to encourage further flowering. Cut back to ground level in autumn.

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free