Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus 'Lynnhaven Carpet' - Robin's plantain or fleabane

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Butterfly FriendlyPart Shade
Robin's plantain or fleabane
Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus 'Lynnhaven Carpet'

This outstanding form of E. pulchellus was selected for its relatively large grey-green, pubescent foliage (4"), dense, mat-forming habit and astonishing ability to thrive in a wide range of challenging conditions. In early May, individual flower stalks give rise to lightly tinted lavender flowers with a yellow inner eye. Foliage remains less than 6" and forms a tight groundcover, while flowering stems top out at just over a foot tall. Originally found growing on the 27-acre property of Clarice Keeling of Virginia Beach, VA, 'Lynnhaven Carpet' was named after Virginia Beach’s Lynnhaven River by plantsman Charles Cresson. An easy to grow, carefree native perennial perfectly suited for moderate sunlight to full shade. Enjoy!

North Creek Unique™ - This unique assortment has been discovered or introduced to the trade and shared with the world by North Creek Nursery.

  • Very showy flowers in spring, easy to grow
  • Nectar attracts butterflies, skippers and bees
  • Some small bees also collect pollen
  • Drought tolerant, great for dry situations with poor soil
  • No serious pest or disease problems
  • Mat forming habit makes this a great groundcover

Native Range

Found in woods, stream banks, meadows and fields.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)

Interesting Facts


In Old English the word butterfly was spelt 'butterfloege' and in Old Dutch and German it was 'botervleig' and 'butterfliege' respectively. These terms all translate as 'butter fly'. 




Best if grown in partial shade and will tolerate dry conditions when shaded.  It needs moist soils when planted in full sun.


Mature Size: 12-15in. Tall x 10-in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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