Erigeron pulchellus (Robin’s Plantain) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: I have not grown this species from seed myself—I just let my wild plants self-sow in the meadow—so I can only pass along the usual advice of sowing in a pot in fall to early winter. Surface-sow, or just barely cover the seed with growing mix or grit. Set it outdoors in a spot protected from mice so the seeds can get a natural chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you enjoy experimenting, you could try providing an artificial chilling period instead, or even starting in warm conditions without first providing a chilling period. I have read that the germination rate is naturally low (particularly compared to other fleabanes, which seed around freely), so I will include extra seeds in the packet, and I encourage you to sow them thickly even though they are tiny.

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The dainty, daisy-form flowers of robin’s plantain (Erigeron pulchellus) are a cheery sight in mid- to late spring. Usually white or tinted faintly with purple or pink, they bloom atop 12- to 18-inch-tall stems over clumps of hairy, rich green leaves that spread into dense carpets. It can be a little too aggressive in a typical border, I think, but it’s right at home in a meadow or a naturalistic planting. My neighbor has a huge patch of it that serves as a lawn substitute in a spot that gets only morning sun: It looks glorious in flower and then is simply a low green groundcover for the rest of the year after he mows off the finished flower stems. Native to much of the eastern half of North America; these seeds are from wild plants growing in my meadow in Bucks County, PA. Usually best in light shade. Perennial; Zones 3 to 8.

Collected in late May 2023. At least 20 seeds. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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