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Elephantopus carolinianus

Elephantopus carolinianus
elephant's foot
Elephantopus carolinianus

Common name elephant's foot
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-9)
Flowers pale blue (late summer)
Size 12-24"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, drought-tolerant
From seed self-seeds in our garden
Seed ripensearly November

Native of the Eastern US. Dark green leaves, with small pale-blue ray flowers in August and September. We picked this up at a native plant sale years ago, and kept it in the main garden for a while. It's not really pretty enough for a display garden, though, so now we maintain it as a tolerated wildflower in our garden – I make sure to not completely eradicate it, but don't reserve a place for it in the garden. Its ready self-seeding tendencies ensure that we won't lose it altogether anytime soon.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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