Erigeron / fleabane

Genus: Erigeron

Common Name: Fleabane

details

A great composite flower for short-tongued bees in spring and summer. 

 

Native Regions

Throughout North America 

 

Availability

Several species are routinely available and can be grown in most parts of the U.S. and Canada. Fleabane varieties typically prefer well-drained soils. 

 

Duration

Perennial, biennial or annual, depending on species 

 

Bloom Time

Spring and summer 

 

Average Height

2 feet

 

Flower Color

Purple

White 

 

Exposure

Full sun 

 

Water Requirements

Average

 

Recommended Species

Many Erigeron species are highly attractive to a diversity of pollinators, their open composite platforms providing a good source of both pollen and nectar to both short- and long-tongued native bees. Moths and butterflies are also frequent visitors to these daisy-like flowers that make a lovely addition to spring and summer gardens. 

 

Erigeron glaucous (seaside daisy) is native to California and Oregon. The delightful lavender flowers on this 18 inch mounding plant will bloom from March through August in many garden settings. 

 

Erigeron philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane), which blooms from April to June, is found in most parts of the U.S. and Canada. Erigeron peregrinus (subalpine fleabane), native to the western U.S. and Canada, produces pink, white or lavender flowers in July and August. Both of these fleabane varieties require relatively moist soils.  

bee Visitors

Andrena / Mining Bee

Augochlora / Sweat Bee

Augochlorella / Sweat Bee

Bombus / Bumble Bee

Ceratina / Small Carpenter Bee

Coelioxys / Cuckoo Bee

Colletes / Polyester Bee

Halictus / Sweat Bee

Hylaeus / Yellow-faced Bee

Lasioglossum / Sweat Bee

Megachile / Leafcutter Bee

Melissodes / Long-horned Bee

Nomada / Cuckoo Bee

Svastra / Sunflower Bee

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