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Erigeron pulchellus

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Erigeron pulchellus
Phonetic Spelling
er-IJ-er-on pul-KEL-us
Description

A delightful flower that will enhance a children's garden and bring that cottage feel to your home.

A biennial or short-lived perennial wildflower or groundcover.  . Leaf can be serrated (toothed) or slightly lobed, with small leaves at stem base and larger at tips. There are multiple small blooms on stems April to June.  Prefers some light shade in hot climates.  Tolerates drought, dry soil, heat, and humidity.  They will perform poorly in soils with too much organic matter.  Plants will spread through the garden through self-seeding or by its stoloniferous runners.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious problems though occasionally suffer from rust, leaf spots and powdery mildew.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Lynnhaven Carpet'
'Lynnhaven Carpet'
Tags:
#purple#showy flowers#drought tolerant#violet#wildlife plant#low maintenance#cottage garden#meadow#ncemgva2018#NC native#hairy#rock gardens#borders#food source summer#food source nectar#food source pollen#rocky soils tolerant#food source hard mast fruit#butterfly friendly#FACU Piedmont Mountains#FACU Coastal
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Lynnhaven Carpet'
'Lynnhaven Carpet'
Tags:
#purple#showy flowers#drought tolerant#violet#wildlife plant#low maintenance#cottage garden#meadow#ncemgva2018#NC native#hairy#rock gardens#borders#food source summer#food source nectar#food source pollen#rocky soils tolerant#food source hard mast fruit#butterfly friendly#FACU Piedmont Mountains#FACU Coastal
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Erigeron
    Species:
    pulchellus
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Biennial
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Root Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    East Canada to U.S.A
    Distribution:
    Eastern and south-central
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract butterflies.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 8 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • 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 Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from June to July.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    more than 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    1 to 1.5 in. head with 30 - 50 very thin petals around a flat, yellow central disc from April to June. Flowers appear in clusters of 2-6 blooms.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Velvety
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Basal clump of 2"-6" long leaves paddle-shaped with teeth or scallops. Leaves along the stem are smaller ovate to lanceolate.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    soft, hairy, hollow unbranched
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Near Septic
    Riparian
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Humidity