Erigeron glaucus Ker Gawl.

Seaside Daisy, Seaside Fleabane

Family: Compositae

Genus: Erigeron

Category: Perennial

Zones: Hardy to about 15F

Size: To 1' tall

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Perennial herb/wildflower. Found on beaches on the west coast. Flowers to 1.5" diameter, daisy-like, light pink with yellow centers.

From Bot. Reg. When in flower, which it is about November and December, it reminds us of the well-known Aster alpinus. The rootstock rises into a fleshy and ultimately brown stem, resembling that of Colewort, but not thicker than a common quill; sometimes nearly 8 inches in height, bearing a closish head of leaves, from among which several flower-stems, each terminated by a single flower, and producing from below a few distant one-flowered leafy stalks placed in various directions. Leaves glaucous and viscous, with a disagreable smell like that perceptible in some of the Scrophulariae (Figworts)...


Introduced from South America around 1811.

Native to California and Oregon.

Published in Bot. Reg. 1: 10 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. It first appeared amongst us about three or four years ago, in the collection of the Comtesse de Vandes, whose experienced and industrious gardener (after whom we have called it in the english name) had raised it from seed, which he is almost sure came from South America, and he suspect: from Buenos Ayres.

Basionym of Aster glaucus (Ker Gawl.) Pepin but that is a later homonym and the accepted name is Erigeron glaucus Ker Gawl. Synonym is Aster bonariensis Spreng. (Tropicos says Erigeron glaucus Ker Gawl. was replaced by Aster bonariensis Spreng.)


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