Growing Small Daisies – Erigeron or Fleabane

Growing Small Daisies – Erigeron or Fleabane

There are many species of daisy like Erigeron in annual, perennial and biennial varieties. Flowers may be small but you get lots of them

Erigeron karvinskianus

  • Daisy-like flowers with buds opening a dark pink turning white.
  • The petals are finer and more delicate than the common daisy and the whole flower-head slightly smaller.
  • The leaves are small, plants form mats, and each plant can spread over quite a large area.
  • Good drainage and plenty of sunshine are essential for plants to survive cold damp winters.
  • Sun also keeps the plant small and compact.
  • Plants are easily raised from seed.
  • The Royal Horticultural Society has given it an Award of Garden Merit (AGM).


Erigeron aureus – The Alpine Yellow Fleabane is shown above
Erigeron ‘Dunkelste Aller’ has a dark purple flower
Erigeron Alpinus grows 6″-8″ high with mauve florets and a yellow disc.
Erigeron glaucus the Seaside Daisy
for other species see selected taxa

Suggested Locations for Erigeron

  • Coastal locations enjoying sandy soil.
  • Informal cottage gardens are where I remember seeing this plant as edging,
  • Erigeron is low maintenance and small enough to look good in a Rock garden.

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