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ERIGERON glaucus

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Ernst Benary® Inc.

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ERIGERON glaucus

Plant Common Name

Beach Aster, Blue Fleabane

General Description

Blue fleabane is a perennial native to coastal areas of California and Oregon. It forms a low, spreading clump of fleshy, spoon-shaped, blue-green foliage topped with many semi-double, pale lavender daisies from late spring to midsummer. The flowers have large, yellow to yellow-brown centers and are borne singly on thick, fleshy stems. They somewhat resemble asters, and are highly attractive to butterflies.

This perennial performs best in full to part sun and moist but sharply drained, preferably sandy soil of average fertility. It may require extra protection from hot summer sun in very warm climates. Remove spent flowering stems to maintain a neat appearance. Blue fleabane is suitable for rock gardens and well-drained mixed borders, and its tolerance of salt spray makes it an excellent choice for seaside gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (12)

  • Width

    0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (18)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Northwestern United States, California

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes