Native Garden

Ernest Righetti High School


Santa Barbara Daisy - Erigeron karvinskianus

Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall

Erigeron karvinskianus (Santa Barbara Daisy) - This is a trailing groundcover that is beautiful cascading over walls or pots. It spreads 3-5 feet wide and grows 1-2 feet tall. The small white daisies with a touch of pink bloom almost year-round. It looks its best in a cool spot with sun to light shade. It can be invasive with moderate water, but it will take poor soil and drought and performs best if cut down periodically. Cold hardy to about 15 to 20 degrees F. Flowers are a great treat for bees and tiny beneficial flies and wasps. It prefers a coastal climate and the interior heat of summer does make it shut down. But, as soon as the weather is a cool again in fall, it perks right up and blooms until hard frost.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Erigeron karvinskianus.

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