Erigeron

Erigeron is a most useful family of perennials that has the common name of Fleabane. There are a number of good species and many varieties, all of which grow 1-4 ft high in good ordinary soil, although they prefer the sun.

Propagation is very easy, and the plants can be divided in the spring when the new growth commences to show, while seed is a ready means of working up a stock of the hybrids. Of the older kinds, E. aurantiacus, orange, is a good plant but inclined to be floppy and may die out in the winter. E. speciosus has produced many garden varieties having fine cutting qualities. These include `Quakeress’, rosy-blue, and E. superbus, violet-blue.

Erigeron

E. hybridus. Under this heading there are many garden varieties of uncertain origin, including the rose-pink ‘B. Ladhams’. Perhaps most noteworthy is the “ity” group. Of these, the following are outstanding: ‘Dignity’, violet-mauve; ‘Felicity’, clear pink; ‘Integrity’, rose-pink, yellow centre; ‘Serenity’, deep mauve, and ‘Sincerity’, light mauve. The flowering period is June to September.

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