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Why you should grow Mexican Fleabane

A spotlight on the beautiful Erigeron karvinskianus



Erigeron karvinskianus, or Mexican Fleabane, is a simple, sweet beauty that has it’s place in almost any garden situation.


A perennial that freely seeds itself, it is a mat-forming plant with daisy-like flowers that start off pure white, but turn to lovely shades of pink and purple.


This plant is a sun lover, but does not mind a bit of shade. Largely drought-tolerant, it will thank you not to dry out too much in the summer months.


Erigeron will easily propagate by seed and is quite prolific in spreading itself, if you don’t mind that sort of thing in your garden. I certainly do not, as it makes for a very natural looking garden, with plants growing happily in beautiful drifts that the wildlife love.


The Mexican Fleabane could not be an easier plant to grow and care for. All you have to do is cut it back in spring and leave it to do it’s thing for the rest of the year. You don’t need to deadhead if you don’t want to, but if you do, it will encourage more flowers to grow.


As mentioned, it has it’s place in almost any garden situation. This is because it will quite happily grow anywhere. In borders and informal cottage style planting, gravel, alpine and dry rock gardens due to its shallow roots, and in pots, used as an underplanting with bigger specimen plants. It even looks glorious in walls and cascading down bricks and steps.


You’ll find that it is very attractive to bees and other pollinators in your gardens, which makes it a perfect all-round top plant to me. It will flower for months and months through spring and summer.


A few years back, I started off with a small pot of erigeron that a friend gave to me. Now it has slowly made its way round the garden and I see fleabane popping up everywhere, in pots and in the border.


I love it and I wouldn’t want a garden without it.

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