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Erigeron acris is often confused with:
Aster Aster spp.
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Chrysopsis mariana Chrysopsis mariana
Asclepias syriaca Asclepias syriaca
Gaillardia pulchella Swallowtail butterfly

Erigeron acris

Previously known as:

  • Erigeron philadelphicus
Description

A delicate wildflower that blooms between April and June. The flower head is 0.5-1 in. with 100 or more pink to pale magenta petals. It likes thickets, fields, and open woods. Some shade is  tolerated in hotter climates, It is, however, easy to grow in a variety of garden locations. Plant between 1.5 and 2 feet apart.  It self-seeds easily.  Plant in mass in a cottage, butterfly, or rock garden, or let it naturalize in a meadow.

Fleabane is often confused with plants in the Aster genus but it blooms later in the season than Asters and the flower bracts do not overlap like they do with Aster flowers.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: It may not thrive in a very hot and humid climate, which may also be factored in some susceptibility to powdery mildew, leaf spots, and rust.

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#pink#showy flowers#drought tolerant#white flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#wildflowers#low maintenance#cottage garden#meadow#deer resistant#fields#daisy-like#thickets#rock garden#delicate#wetland#woodland#naturalizes#self-seeding
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#pink#showy flowers#drought tolerant#white flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#wildflowers#low maintenance#cottage garden#meadow#deer resistant#fields#daisy-like#thickets#rock garden#delicate#wetland#woodland#naturalizes#self-seeding
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Erigeron
    Species:
    acris
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    A tea brewed from leaves was used medicinally as an astringent and diuretic.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Temp. Northern Hemisphere
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract butterflies.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Wildflower
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Daisy-like 1" diameter pink to white thread-like rays with yellow centers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Entire
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Basal leaves are spatula-shaped, lobed and toothed. Moving up the stems, leaves become smaller clasping and untoothed.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Problems:
    Short-lived