Mexican daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus)





Mexican daisy

Erigeron karvinskianus (Mexican daisy, Santa Barbara daisy). Zones 8-9, Sunset 14-24. Native to Mexico low mounding evergreen daisy like perennial 1-1.5 ft x 2 ft with white and pink-purplish flowers and deep green to purple narrow foliage.  Dainty flower heads are ¾ in diameter, leaves – 1-1.5 in long ¼ in wide. Sun to part sun. Adapted to wide variety of soil types, need good drainage. Tolerates drought once established, looks best with some summer water.
Flowering from late spring to frost, used as ground cover in sunny dry location, in rock gardens, containers, hanging baskets and perennial borders. To keep mounds compact and shapely trim 1/3 of grows couple times a year.

Plant profile summary:

Name Erigeron karvinskianus (Mexican daisy, Santa Barbara daisy)
Zone/ Sunset Zone 8-9, Sunset 14-24
Type: Perennial
Size/shape: 1-1.5 ft x 2 ft wide, round mounding
Life Span: Medium, in temperate zones reseeds readily
Foliage/ Flower/ Fruits Type/ Color Evergreen ferny-like foliage, dark green to purplish. Flowers daisy like white and purple on the same plant, no fragrance.
Sun/ wind Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Water requirements: Drought tolerant once established but looks better with some summer water, mulch heavily to preserve the moisture and minimize watering
Soil requirements: Tolerates variety of soil, Slightly alkaline, Acidic to slightly acidic, good drainage, mulch heavily to preserve the moisture
Use: Ground cover in sunny dry location, in rock gardens, containers, hanging baskets and perennial borders
Attractions – special features: Evergreen, drought tolerant, long flowering season
Pests / Diseases: N/A
Trimming If you’d like to keep it mounding shape trim as needed couple times a year – in early spring and/or after first flash of flowering in mid summer. Use mechanical hedge trimmers (not electrical).
Caution: N/A