Mexican Fleabane

Erigeron karvinskianus

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!
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Cuttings

Root basal cuttings, in spring.

Seed

Sow seed in spring - it will emerge within a week or two.

Special features

Pot plant

Well-suited to containers given sufficient drainage holes.

Attracts useful insects

Insects such as bees and butterflies.

Attracts birds

Attracts hummingbirds and insect eating birds will soon visit to follow the insects luring around the sweet flowers.

Drought resistant

Drought tolerant once well-established, suitable for xeriscaping.

Attractive flowers

Ground cover

Special features

Origin

Mexico and towards Panama.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, White

Scent

None

Problems

Diseases include Bidens mottle virus, downy mildew, powdery mildew, rust, white smut, leaf spots, Southern blight, and rust.
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