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Erigeron glaucus

Beach Aster, Seaside Daisy
Asteraceae (Compositae)
Perennials, Flowers

ERIGERON

Free-blooming plants with daisylike flowers. Similar to closely related Michaelmas daisy (Aster novi-belgii), except that erigeron’s flower heads have threadlike rays in two or more rows rather than broader rays in a single row. White, pink, lavender, or violet flowers, usually with yellow centers. Cut back after flowering to prolong bloom. Grow best in sandy soil. Rock garden species need especially fast drainage.

Erigeron glaucus

Native to California, Oregon coast. Burns in the hot sun inland. Forms a clump to 1 ft. high and 1 1/2 ft. wide, with blue-green foliage and stems. Stout, hairy stems are topped by lavender, 1 1/2–2-in.-wide flower heads in spring, summer.

‘Sea Breeze’ has large pink flowers. ‘Arthur Menzies’ is a compact selection to 8 in. high with lavender-pink blooms. ‘Wayne Roderick’ also grows to 8 in. high, bears large lavender blooms in summer; possibly a hybrid, it is similar to E. glaucus but has larger leaves and does better in warmer areas.

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