|ERIGERON species - Fleabane|
Asteraceae, native to eastern North America.
Germination: Sow indoors at a temperature of 68-70°. Expect germination in 15-20 days. Seeds are too small to sow outdoors.
Growth: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves. Plant 12 inches apart in full sun and a light, sandy, well-drained, average to poor soil. Keep faded flowers picked and fertilize only lightly.
Appearance and Use: A flowering perennial for the rock garden, border, or for cut flower use. The Erigeron have fine-petaled, daisy-like flowers that appear in early summer. Erigeron aurantiacus (Double Orange Daisy) grows 10-12 inches high, has orange flowers, and is native to Turkistan. Erigeron x hybridus is bushy, 1-2 feet tall, with pink flowers that have a yellow center. Erigeron speciosus is 2 1/2 feet tall with flowers of violet-blue.
NASA Seeds in Space
"Planting a garden of annuals is like discovering the fountain of youth-at least for a season. Their bright flowers remain relatively unchanged until they are snuffed out by frost."