Erigeron / fleabane
Common Name: Fleabane
A great composite flower for short-tongued bees in spring and summer.
Throughout North America
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.
Perennial, biennial or annual, depending on species
Spring and summer
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.