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Close-up of the showy lavender flower of seaside daisy (Erigeron glaucus). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Small bug sits on pale flower of seaside daisy (Erigeron glaucus). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Beach Daisy

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Erigeron glaucus

Beach daisy, also known as Seaside daisy, is a highly ornamental, low-growing perennial that can perform wonders in sunny areas of your garden. Tuck it into crevices between rocks and pavers, allow it to sprawl plentifully as a lush groundcover in perennial beds, or plant it as a border that cascades over rocks, logs and retaining walls - no matter the place it’s profuse lavender and yellow flowers will create bursts of lasting color, while supporting pollinators, all summer long.  

  • Plant type/canopy layer: perennial, deciduous, herbaceous plant
  • Size at maturity: 6”-12” tall, 12”24” wide
  • Light requirements: full sun to light shade
  • Moisture requirements: dry to moist soil, well-drained
  • Bloom time: May - Aug
  • Growth rate/ease: fast growing, easy to grow
  • Wildlife support: nectar source for adult butterflies, bees and other insect pollinators; attracts and supports beneficial/pest eating insects; caterpillar host plant and larval food source for butterflies and moths
  • Native habitat/range: common on bluffs and sandy beaches along the Pacific Coast from northern CA through OR. Portland Plant List - no. 
  • Special features & uses: evergreen; deer resistant; favorite pollinator plant; landscape uses include meadowscapes, drought resistant pollinator gardens and rock gardens 

Gardening with Beach Daisy: This tremendously attractive plant performs well in most sunny locations; from beds, to borders, to containers. Once established, it’s drought tolerant, only needing water infrequently (i.e. 1 - 2 times per month) during the summer drought. Snip spent flowers throughout the season for the longest bloom times and cut back aggressively every couple years to promote vibrant new growth and abundant blooms. 

Photo Credit 1: "Seaside daisy, Erigeron glaucus" by Pete Tillman is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Photo Credit 2: "seaside daisy Erigeron glaucus" by Paul and Jill is licensed under CC BY 2.0.