About Fleabane Daisy: The Erigeron genus contains nearly four hundred flowers, in appearance somewhere between a daisy and an aster. The name Erigeron means “old man,” referring to the white hair on the seed heads. The common name “Fleabane” comes from the medieval practice of using these dried flowers to repel fleas. This Fleabane Daisy was first discovered in the state of California around 1830 by English botanist David Douglas, who made several trips of exploration to the United States. Douglas also introduced such species as the Ponderosa Pine, Sitka Spruce, and Noble Fir; the common name of Douglas Fir honors his legacy. The Royal Horticultural Society, who commissioned these botanical explorations, first cultivated this daisy as a garden plant.
Fleabane Daisy Germination: Direct sow in late fall, pressing the seeds into the surface of the soil since they need light to germinate. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 60 days before direct sowing. Germination may be slow and naturally irregular. This plant prefers light, sandy soil.
Growing Fleabane Daisy Seeds: Water seedlings regularly once they are established. Mature plants tolerate heat and drought well, and should only need watering in periods of extended drought. Deadheading spent blossoms will help extend the blooming; if blooming decreases, but the plant back for new growth. Plants can also be divided after several years of growth. This plant reseeds readily, though cutting off the flowers before they begin to develop seed will prevent this. This plant attracts bees and resists deer.
Harvesting Fleabane Daisy: For fresh flowers, cut long stems of flowers that have just opened and place them in water immediately; strip the leaves that will fall below the water.
Saving Fleabane Daisy Seeds: After flowering, the plant will produce seed heads containing small clusters of brown seed. Since small birds love to eat the seed, harvest it promptly to avoid loss. Cut the mature seed heads, or shake them into a container to remove the seed material. Clean the seed as well as possible, then store it in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Fleabane Daisy Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Dainty Daisy, Daisy Fleabane, Aspen Fleabane, Oregon Fleabane Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Summer Height: 12-24 inches Spacing: 12-15 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry USDA Zone: 2a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 118000 Produces slightly hairy, blade-like leaves and 1-2” purple-blue flowers with yellow centers.