Uses of Daisy Fleabane
From late spring through midsummer, daisy fleabane (Erigeron speciosus) blossoms profusely. This North American native plant brings color to naturalized areas and garden settings. A biennial or short-lived perennial, daisy fleabane is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2b through 9b.
Daisy fleabane flowers are small, about 1/2 inch in diameter and resemble a daisy with several beams extending from the middle. It’s similarity to the common daisy is no injury as both belong to the Asteraceae plant family. The most common blossom color found is a yellowish center with white beams, but horticulturalists have developed a number of flower colors, like purple, rose and crimson. Some height variation is one of different varieties but many are between 1 1/2 and 3 feet tall.
Daisy Fleabane from the Garden
Native plant gardens make important habitats for birds, beneficial insects, butterflies and creatures. Daisy fleabane is ideal for naturalized areas, wildflower gardens, meadows, border regions and cottage gardens. This hardy little plant thrives in clay and rocky soil conditions and enjoys a spot in full sun with some afternoon shade in warmer climates. Daisy fleabane does not compete well with larger-leafed plants and also will suffer if overshadowed in the garden.
Finding hardy plants which thrive in the rocky soil of a rock garden may present a challenge, but the daisy fleabane in perfectly suited to these ailments. The smaller varieties grow 1.5 feet tall, better suited to larger rock garden areas compared to both- to 3-foot tall varieties. Attempt Erigeron speciosus “Shining Sea,” a 1 1/2 foot tall variety with light blue flowers, or Erigeron speciosus “Dignity,” another low-growing variety with magenta flowers. For a traditional white blossom with yellow centres, the 1 1/2-foot-tall Erigeron speciosus “Summer Snow” is one to try.
An ample wildflower garden produces enough flowers to brighten up the landscape having enough left over to bring inside. Add daisy fleabane to wildflower arrangements, or produce a simple scent of daisy fleabane on its own. Mornings and evenings, once the weather is cool, are the best time to cut flowers in the garden. Bring a jar of water with you and submerge the cut flower stalks right away. Place cut flowers in a cool indoor spot out of direct sunlight for a scent that is long-lasting.