Erigeron “Azure Fairy” is a traditional border favourite, low maintenance, reliable and long lived. Large semi-double violet/blue daisy flowers with yellow centres are produced all summer.
They are most effective when planted in groupings and growing to around 60cm (24in) in height with a similar spread; they make excellent cut flowers for the summer border.
With good summer colour Erigeron have similar flowers to the autumn blooming Michaelmas Daisies, but produce a showy summer-long display over a bushy clump of green foliage. They will grow in any reasonable well drained garden soil and prefer a sunny position.
This perennial does best in full sun to partial shade. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately ten years. Removing faded flowers will greatly increase the blooming season. The plants are easily divided in early spring and are very attractive to butterflies.
Erigeron are very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or for xeriscaping. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils and is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.
Sowing: Sow in from late February to July or sow indoors in autumn.
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 (John Innes or similar, 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 (59 to 65°F). Germination 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, from the end of May onwards.
Erigeron are best planted in well-drained soil in full sun but will tolerate most soils in full sun and can tolerate partial shade. Good drainage and plenty of sunshine are essential for plants to survive cold damp winters.
It will rebloom if pruned after flowering which will greatly increase the blooming season.
Cut back the flowered stems to ground level in early spring. Lift and divide large clumps every second or third year, discarding the woody crowns in March to May
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In 1753 Linnaeus gave the genus its name from the Greek "eri" meaning "early" and "geron" meaning "old man” ("geriatrics" is the study of old age), a reference to the appearance of the white hairs of the fruit soon after flowering.
This variety is an interspecific hybrid and so bears the name ‘speciosus’
The most widely used common name, fleabane, is shared with related plants in several other genera, it is derived from the belief that the dried plants repelled fleas.
Erigeron is native to South America and Mexico. It is naturalised in many other areas of the world, such as parts of Africa, Europe, New Zealand, and the west coast of the United States. Because of this, it is also called Mexican or Latin American Fleabane. The genus has a cosmopolitan distribution with the highest species diversity in North America, where 173 species occur.
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Packet Size 50mg Average Seed Count 100 Seeds Family Asteraceae Genus Erigeron Species speciosus Cultivar Azure Fairy Common Name Mexican Daisy, Fleabane Other Common Names Latin American Fleabane Hardiness Hardy Perennial Flowers Large semi-double violet/blue daisy flowers Height 50 to 60cm (20 to 24in) Spread 50 to 60cm (20 to 24in) Position Full sun to partial shade Soil Prefers a moist, well drained soil. Time to Sow Sow in late February to July or sow indoors in Autumn Germination 14 to 30 days.