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Erigeron glaucus

Beach aster

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Features

  • BloomsMay to July
  • Height0.2m to 0.35m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitTufted
  • Flower ColourPurple yellow centres
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Erigeron glaucus (Beach aster). This clump-forming perennial grows to about 35cm in height with a spread of about 50cm. The lance-shaped leaves are glaucous. The purple with yellow centred flowers are borne in summer. ‘Cape Sebastian’ has compact growth and flowers profusely.

Characteristics

Perennial, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

W. USA

Interest and use

Flower heads are good for cutting. Mixed herbaceous border or rock garden. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Fertile, Light, Medium
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

This species can become invasive. Prune back immediately after flowering, encourages a more compact growth and will prevent unwanted self-seeding.

Propagation

Propagate from seed or by division in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Powdery mildew may cause problems.

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