Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: rich, average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: April, May, June
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, clumping, colonizing, naturalizing, rock garden plant, stream margin plant
Pricing & Availability
Erigeron pulchellusAlso known as:
poor robin's plantain,
Erigeron pulchellus, is a low-growing member of the Aster family. The leaves are hairy, with basal foliage forming tight rosettes that remain close to the ground. It produces rigid hairy stems that can grow to a height of 18", and are topped by several daisy-like flowers. Bloom color is typically white, sometimes tinged with hints of pink or blue.
Erigeron pulchellus is an excellen choice for use in perennial flower beds that receive part-sun, or are in dappled shade. It is adaptable to a variety of well-drained soils. Its relatively small size, persistent basal foliage, and tolerance of dry conditions, make it suitable for use in rock gardens. Plants will produce rhizomes or stolons, and can colonize small areas that are free of competing vegetation. The stems will die after flowering and can safely be removed to maintain a neat appearance, or to avoid self- propagation from seed. Flowering time will last 3 weeks, between April and June. Zones 3-8
Easily propagated by division. Can be propagated from seed without pretreatment. Should be sowed abundantly because germination rates are low. The seeds are topped with tufts of hair, and should be collected as soon as they ripen, before they get carried away by the wind.
Erigeron pulchellus is one of the showier species of fleabane. It is adaptable, low maintenance, and does not spread aggressively.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
|Species||Erigeron pulchellus||robin's plantain|