Latin American Fleabane, Fleabane, Spanish Daisy, Karwinsky's Fleabane, Rock Side Daisy, Santa Barbera Daisy, Bony-Tip Fleabane, Daisy Fleabane, Mexican Daisy
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Mexican fleabane, Erigeron karvinskianus is a charming and aesthetically pleasing, slender species that produces attractive, daisy-like white-pink flowers. The flowers measure approxiamtely 1.5cm in width and typically open white and develop pink-purple tinges with age. Foliage is narrow in shape and covered in hairs. It is native to Mexico, but has now established itself all across the world. It looks beautiful tucked in wall crevices and creeping down the sides of stone or brick steps, attracting insects and birds to a Mediterranean or dry garden. This drought-tolerant, ornamental species serves as a lovely accent plant, lending good texture and form to a garden. It works great as a border or a ground-cover plant. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
For cut flowers, pick when fully open. When harvesting seed allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds. Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored.
Root basal cuttings, in spring.
Sow seed in spring - it will emerge within a week or two.
Well-suited to containers given sufficient drainage holes.
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as bees and butterflies.
Attracts hummingbirds and insect eating birds will soon visit to follow the insects luring around the sweet flowers.
Drought tolerant once well-established, suitable for xeriscaping.
Mexico and towards Panama.
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Pink, Purple, White
Diseases include Bidens mottle virus, downy mildew, powdery mildew, rust, white smut, leaf spots, Southern blight, and rust.