Azure Fairy Fleabane
Erigeron speciosus 'Azure Fairy'
Azure Fairy Fleabane flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 3 feet
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Daisy Fleabane, Oregon Fleabane
Delicate semi-double daisy-like flowers are lavender-blue; adaptable to poor dry soils, attracts native butterflies; foliage is somewhat plain, but flowers are ornamental
Azure Fairy Fleabane has masses of beautiful lavender daisy flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Azure Fairy Fleabane is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Azure Fairy Fleabane is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Azure Fairy Fleabane will grow to be about 28 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
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