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Erigeron quercifolius (Oakleaf Fleabane)

Oakleaf Fleabane, Southern Fleabane


Erigeron quercifolius (Oakleaf Fleabane) is a delicate, short-lived herbaceous wildflower noted for its profusion of tiny daisies mostly in spring and summer. Each little blossom, 1.2 in. wide (1 cm), consists of many slender, white to lavender ray florets surrounding a dense cluster of yellow disk florets. Rich in nectar, the flowers attract butterflies, bees and other insect pollinators. Reminiscent of the leaf shape of oak species, the mostly basal leaves are lobed and covered in tiny, fine hairs. Native to the southern United States, Oakleaf Fleabane occurs naturally in sandhills and moist hammocks as well as in disturbed sites and along roadsides. Its tendency to self-seed makes it a good candidate for meadows or naturalistic settings.

  • Grows up to 1-2 ft. tall (30-60 cm) and 6-9 in. wide (15-22 cm). Spreads readily from seed in the garden and may become a little weedy.
  • Easily grown in dry to moist, nutrient poor, sandy soils in full sun to moderate shade.Drought tolerant once established, Oakleaf Fleabane can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury. It does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to the southern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Erigeron - Fleabanes
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Spacing 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Erigeron - Fleabanes
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Spacing 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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