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Erigeron compositus 'Red Desert'

Erigeron compositus 'Red Desert'
cutleaf daisy; fernleaf fleabane

Common name cutleaf daisy; fernleaf fleabane
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-8)
Flowers white/yellow
Size 4-10"
Light sun
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate May

Wildflower with tufts of densely hairy divided leaves, and traditional daisy flowers held on stems well above. Common in the mountains of western North America. Not sure how the 'Red Desert' selection differs from the species – it has the same yellow-and-white daisies, but may be more compact in its habit. The seedlings stay really tiny for a long time. The photo at right is of a second-year plant, just putting out buds in late April, and still in miniature.

Erigeron compositus 'Red Desert'
Fluffy seedheads shortly after peak bloom (late May in our troughs).

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

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '13/'14 exchange. Baggy 70F (82%G, 6-10d)

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