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Common Name: Beach Aster
Erigeron glaucus is a Evergreen Perennial up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
South-western N. America - California and Oregon. Occasionally naturalized in Britain.
Sea bluffs and sandy beaches under the influence of water[
]. Coastal bluffs, dunes, and beaches, usually forming dense colonies, from sea level to 30 metres[
Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[
]. Best in a sandy dry soil[
]. Succeeds in fairly heavy soils[
]. Succeeds in very exposed positions[
] and grows best in mild maritime areas[
]. Intolerant of winter damp[
Plants are hardy to about -10°c[
A good butterfly and moth plant[
There are some named varieties selected for their ornamental value[
]. The bruised leaves have a balsamic perfume[
Does well in the border or rock garden[
Very few members of this genus will hybridise with other members of the genus[
Plants can be grown as a ground cover when spaced about 45cm apart each way[
Seed - sow spring in situ. The seed usually germinates within four weeks[
Division in spring or autumn[
]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
Basal cuttings in spring. Harvest the shoots when they are about 5 - 10cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.
Cuttings of semi-ripe shoots in summer.