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Erigeron pulchellus

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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

Height: 12"-18"

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

Erigeron pulchellus (robin's plantain)
  • Erigeron pulchellus (robin's plantain)
  • Erigeron pulchellus (robin's plantain)
  • Erigeron pulchellus (robin's plantain)
  • Erigeron pulchellus (robin's plantain)

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Description

Erigeron pulchellus

Also known as:

robin's plantain

,

poor robin's plantain

,

rose petty

,

Robert's plantain

,

blue spring-daisy

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

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.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Erigeron fleabane
Species Erigeron pulchellus robin's plantain