Perennial

Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus 'Lynnhaven Carpet'

Robin's Plantain (Fleabane)

  • Very showy flowers in spring, easy to grow
  • Nectar attracts butterflies, skippers and bees
  • Some small bees also collect pollen
  • Drought tolerant, great for dry situations with poor soil
  • No serious pest or disease problems
  • Mat-forming habit makes this a great groundcover

This outstanding form of E. pulchellus was selected for its relatively large grey-green, pubescent foliage (4"), dense, mat-forming habit and astonishing ability to thrive in a wide range of challenging conditions. In early May, individual flower stalks give rise to lightly tinted lavender flowers with a yellow inner eye. Foliage remains less than 6" and forms a tight groundcover, while flowering stems top out at just over a foot tall. Originally found growing on the 27-acre property of Clarice Keeling of Virginia Beach, VA, 'Lynnhaven Carpet' was named after Virginia Beach’s Lynnhaven River by plantsman Charles Cresson. An easy to grow, carefree native perennial perfectly suited for moderate sunlight to full shade. Enjoy!