Erigeron karvinskianus

Erigeron karvinskianus

Mexican fleabane

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Erigeron karvinskianus
  • Common name: Mexican fleabane
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 30cm

Spread: 60cm

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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Mexican fleabane, Erigeron karvinskianus, is a charming slender plant native to Mexico, but has established itself in many Mediterranean areas and dry gardens in Britain. It looks lovely creeping down the sides of stone or brick steps or tucked in wall crevices, where it both seeds itself and also spreads slowly with its rhizomatous roots. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Erigeron karvinskianus in well-drained soil in full sun. It's easily raised from seed, which may be scattered in the cracks between paving stones or mixed with a little clay and pressed into hollowed mortar joints in walls.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Maintenance: Succeeds on poor soil, Low maintenance
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Harmful if ingested, Purgative if ingested

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