A Wonderful Weed

(credit: Phran Novelli)

(credit: Phran Novelli)

show_header_garden_novelli_thumb Garden Reports
Read More

By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - It started as a weed, but became a star in my garden. Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) grows about two feet high with masses of pretty pink flowers that have yellow centers like delicate daisies. I found one in my garden a few years ago, discovered it’s native to our area, so I let it stay, and by this year, I had quite a display for a few weeks in May as it was mingling in a beautiful way with the flowers of the Amsonia I planted, a perennial known as ‘Blue Ice’ – see them together in the photo at left.

My friend Chris keeps her garden so much tidier than mine, she has a simple and smart policy – if she didn’t plant it, she pulls it out. I often wish I were as dedicated to cultivating my garden. But then, I would have missed out on this adorable pink and blue combination this spring so I’m glad my laziness and curiosity led me to let the Fleabane thrive. Although, I do plan to deadhead my Philadelphia Fleabane before it goes to seed and totally takes over as the weed it can be.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 39,055 other followers