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ERIGERON speciosus

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James H. Schutte

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ERIGERON speciosus

Plant Common Name

Aspen Fleabane

General Description

Aspen fleabane is a clump-forming, herbaceous species native to the northwestern United States and Canada. This perennial is valued for its showy summer display of lavender to purple, yellow-centered daisies. The flowers bloom on tall, slender stems rising from low clumps of lance- or spoon-shaped foliage, and are attractive to butterflies. This species has yielded many cultivars, including those with double or more deeply colored flowers.

Easy to grow, this perennial prefers full sun and moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Light afternoon shade may be beneficial where summers are very hot. Removal of spent flowering stems keeps the plants looking neat, and may extend the flowering period. Avoid locations with heavy winter moisture. Aspen fleabane is an excellent choice for a sunny spot near the front of a mixed border, and also performs well in rock gardens or containers. If cut when fully open, its blooms are lovely and long-lasting in the vase.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    Western United States, Northwestern United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes