Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Robin's Plantain ( Erigeron pulchellus)
    Aster Family

    Very pale purple to white flowers begin blooming in North Carolina in mid-April. Flowers rise up 6-12” above the foliage and resemble small daisies. While the flowers are nice, the large, very fuzzy, evergreen leaves are the star of the show. Leaves are up to 5” long and form dense mats flush to the ground. It makes an ideal groundcover for average to dry areas that receive 3-4 hours of sun. Plants spread by rhizomes and will form small colonies over time. It is not considered aggressive.

    Blooms: White or pale purple, 2-3 weeks, Apr-May
    Leaves: Evergreen basal leaves are up to 5” long and velvety with hairs
    Height: 6-12”
    Space: 18-24”
    Soil: Average-Dry
    Exposure: Part shade-Part sun
    Fauna: High pollinator value–attracts many types of pollinators, multiple moth host plant
    Seeds: Typical aster achenes are wind distributed
    Deer Resistance: Medium
    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Piedmont and Mountains, uncommon in the Coastal Plains
    Provenance: Unknown , seed grown