Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sea of Fleabane

This group of fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) is now in full bloom in our side yard. I dug these up last June in a vacant lot down the street and replanted them in our garden. They were growing in really crappy soil and only had one or two flowers and a tiny rosette of leaves at the base of the flower stem. At the time I thought they were an early flowering pink aster:

But Dougo wuz El Wrongo. They are Fleabane and they are going crazy. Each 2 1/2 foot high plant has about 30 flowers. The insects love them. Fleabane are biennials and/or short-lived perennials, so we will have to see if these monkeys come up again next spring. They flower for quite a long time too -- 3 weeks and counting thus far.

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