Free-blooming plants with daisy- like owers, the fleabanes are similar to closely related Michaelmas daisy (Aster novi- belgii), except that ower heads have threadlike rays in two or more rows rather than broader rays in a single row. White, pink, lavender, or violet owers, usually with yellow centers, bloom from early summer into fall. Give sandy soil. Cut back after owering to prolong bloom.
E. karvinskianus. MEXICAN DAISY, SANTA BARBARA DAISY. Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Native to Mexico. Graceful, trailing plant 1020 in. high, 3 ft. wide. Leaves 1 in. long, often toothed at tips. Dainty, -in.-wide flowers with numerous white or pinkish rays. Use as ground cover in garden beds or large containers, in rock gardens, in hanging baskets, on dry walls. Naturalizes easily. 'Moerheimii' is somewhat more compact than species, with lavender-tinted flowers. 'Profusion' has white flowers that age to pink.
E. 'Prosperity'. Zones US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9. Compact hybrid with lance-shaped leaves in a rosette to 1 ft. Clusters of lavender blue, semidouble, 1-in.-wide flowers are borne on stems to about 1 ft. tall. Does particularly well in the South; takes heat, humidity, and considerable drought.
E. pulchellus. ROBIN'S PLANTAIN. Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Native from Maine to Minnesota, south to Georgia and East Texas. Crinkled, 5-in.-long leaves grow in flat, ground-hugging rosettes that reach 1 ft. across. Erect stems about 2 ft. tall carry flowers to 1 in. wide, in blue, pink, or sometimes white. Spreads slowly.