Erigeron karvinskianus
Garden Plant Information

 

Erigeron karvinskianus

 

Erigeron karvinskianus - close-up

 

Erigeron karvinskianus growing in gaps in a wall

Name

Erigeron karvinskianus (previously known as E. mucronatus. Also known as Mexican fleabane and Australian fleabane)

Genus  

Erigeron

Species

karvinskianus

Cultivar/variety

 

General description

Clump forming herbaceous perennial. Useful for growing in rockeries and between gaps in paths and walls. Drought tolerant. Attractive to insects.

Season of interest

Pink and white flowers in summer.

Key horticultural features

  1. Habit clump-forming, spreading. H: 22cm. S: 20cm

  2. Leaves small, slightly hairy, grey-green, slender lance shape.

  3. Flowers very similar to wild UK daisies, but on longer stems and with a slightly larger flower, borne in large numbers. Flowers open white and turn to pink or purple.  

Cultural details

Aspect

Full sun.

Soil

Fertile, well-drained soil. Tolerates drought.

Hardiness

Hardy.

Maintenance

Cut back to ground level in autumn, after flowering has finished. Can become invasive in mild areas.

 

Generally pest and disease free.

 

Propagation

Lift and divide large clumps every two to three years, discarding the woody centres. Will also self-seed.