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Erigeron pulchellus - Michx.

Common Name Robin’s plantain, blue spring daisy, hairy fleabane
Family Compositae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Open rocky woodlands, wooded sand dunes, slopes of wooded bluffs, savannas and sandy savannas, banks of streams, and clearings in wooded areas. Robin's Plantain is found in less disturbed areas than other species in this genus.
Range Widespread across much of the United States and Canada from Québec and Ontario south as far as eastern Texas and the Florida Panhandle.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Erigeron pulchellus Robin’s plantain, blue spring daisy, hairy fleabane


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Erigeron pulchellus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5. The flowers are pollinated by Bees, Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

E. bellidifolius Muhl. ex Willd.

Habitats

Edible Uses

None Known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Ground Cover. Invertebrates shelter: beneficial for insects and other arthropods. Nectary: provides nectar or pollen for beneficial insects [1-2]. Locations: Cottage gardens, butterfly gardens, native plant/wildflower gardens, meadows or naturalized areas. May be used in borders and rock gardens [368-1].

Special Uses

Food Forest  Ground Cover

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Cultivation details

A perennial herbaceous wildflower. Dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade, heat and humidity. Good drainage is very important. Best in poor to modest soils which have not been fertilized. Plants usually perform poorly in rich soils. [368-1]. Will naturalize in optimum growing conditions by self-seeding and stoloniferous spread. Flowers: Showy. Flower Color: White. Flower Time: Late spring or early summer. No serious insect or disease problems. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. The root pattern is stoloniferous rooting from creeping stems above the ground [1-2].

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Propagation

Propagate by seed, division or cuttings. Seeds: sow outside in late fall or the following spring without any cold treatment. Poor germination. Seeds require light for germination. Division - very good. Will naturalize in optimum growing conditions by self-seeding and stoloniferous spread.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Robin’s plantain, blue spring daisy, hairy fleabane, Poor Robin's Plantain

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Eastern and south-central United States

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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