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