Erigeron glaucus Nutt.
An evergreen, low perennial growing to one foot high and spreads 2 feet or more. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to August, and the seeds ripen from June to September. Leaves of this species tend to be somewhat thick and fleshy. Has ale mauve to lavender flower heads that hug the low growing plant. The plant is self-fertile. . Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position. Best in a sandy dry soil. found growing in sand dunes and windblown bluffs. Succeeds in very exposed positions and grows best in mild maritime areas. Blooms in spring.
Plants can be grown as a ground cover when spaced about 45cm apart each way. If using seed, sow spring in situ. The seed usually germinates within four weeks. Division best in spring or autumn. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring. If using basal cuttings, best in spring. Harvest the shoots when they are about 5 - 10cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.
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