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Erigeron - Fleabane
The Erigeron has Aster-like
flowers which are in bloom during the Summer months.
The different species vary in height from 5 inches to
3 feet. The flowers grow from small tufts of leaves,
somewhat like the English Daisy (Bettis) and
the blooms of the taller varieties measure 2 inches
and 2 1/2 inches across. The colors are violet-blue,
bright purple, apricot, rose and rosy lavender and these
colored petals surround a golden yellow center.
Erigeron speciosus is
the commonest cultivated sort. It has bright purple
flowers, grows 2feet tall, and blooms all Summer. E.
glabellus is a dwarf sort growing from 6 inches
to 12 inches tall and with large, light purple flowers.
E. aurantiacus is possibly the showiest one with
deep orange flowers and is known as the Double Orange
Daisy. All of the Erigerons spread to form dense bushes
of growth and the flowers are in groups of from three
to five to a stein or head.
UTILIZE. The Erigerons are
fine to use for cut flowers and are used. in the hardy
border. The smaller kinds are excellent for rockwork
and the front of borders.
GENERAL. When planted so
that they get some shade during the middle of the day,
they will continue to bloom for a longer season.
PROPAGATION. The simple method
of propagating the Erigerons is to divide the clumps
in Spring. Even early Spring-sown seed results in good
bloom the first season.
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