Erigeron Speciosus ‘Azure Fairy’ – (Fleabane)
Erigeron speciosus, ‘Azure Fairy’ is a plant well known for the border. It is low maintenance , long lived and flowers reliably every year.
Erigeron speciosus, ‘Azure Fairy’ flowers are large, semi double and a very dark voilet -blue with bright yellow centres. They are produced on top of a bushy mound of foliage. The plant will grow in any well drained soil and will tolerate partial shade but really prefers full sun. It is adaptable to dry and moist growing conditions, but they should not be allowed to become waterlogged as they will die. Erigeron are considered to be drought tolerant, so try them in a dryish spot. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils and is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.
This plant grows quickly and can be expected to live for about 10 years. Plants can be easily divided in Spring. To prolong the flowering season deadhead the flowers.
The flowers are good for picking and are attractive to butterflies.
Easily raised from seed, which may be sown from late spring or in autumn. They can be sown indoors or directly where they are to flower.
Sow directly where they are to flower into finely prepared soil. Scatter in the cracks between paving stones or mix with a little clay and press into hollowed mortar joints in walls. The young plants can thinned when they germinate.
Sow very thinly, on the surface of trays, pots, etc containing good seed compost ,(seed raising mix or peat mixed with 10% sand for drainage ). Do not cover the seed as they need light to germinate, just lightly press the seeds into the soil. Place in a propagator or warm place to maintain an optimum temperature of 15 to 18°C. Germination should occur in 14 to 30 days.
When seedlings are large enough to handle, prick off into pots and grow on. Gradually harden off and plant out, once they reach 2 to 3cm tall.
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Fleabane, Mexican Daisy
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