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ERIGERON karvinskianus

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John Rickard

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ERIGERON karvinskianus

Plant Common Name

Latin American Fleabane, Profusion Fleabane

General Description

Santa Barbara daisy is a vigorous, spreading perennial originating from Mexico to Panama. Its trailing stems form a carpet of narrowly oval, fuzzy, silvery-green foliage. Throughout the warm growing months, it covers itself with many yellow-centered daisies that open white, eventually aging to pink and finally, lavender. The flowers are carried singly or in small branched clusters on short stems, and are highly attractive to butterflies. This plant was given the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.

This perennial grows easily in full sun and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil. Removal of spent flowering stems keeps it looking neat, and may extend the flowering period. Avoid locations with heavy winter moisture.

Easy and drought-tolerant, Santa Barbara daisy is perfect for waterwise plantings, sunny rock gardens and containers. It also makes a fine groundcover, and is pretty peeking from crevices in stone walls or between paving stones. It may spread enthusiastically if allowed, and has become invasive in some areas, notably, Hawaii.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Mexico, Central America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • 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

    Container, Cutflower, Edging, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes