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.