Seaside Daisy

Erigeron karvinskianus

Family: Asteraceae

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Description

Seaside Daisy is a sprawling perennial herb with leafy wiry stems.

Leaves are alternate and usually toothed.

It produces large numbers of daisy-like flowers, white and often pink-tinged with a distinctive yellow centre. It may flower all year, but mainly spring to summer.

Each flower produces many small, light seeds.

Dispersal

Seaside daisy is a garden escapee. It is commonly dispersed into bushland in dumped garden waste. The seeds are dispersed by wind and water. It also spreads from stem layering, broken roots and rhizomes.

Impact on bushland

Seaside daisy reproduces and spreads rapidly to form dense mats that can grow in disturbed areas and open habitats, including creeks. It crowds out and displaces native ground covers.

Distribution

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Alternative planting

Native plants

  • Baeckea spp.
  • Boronia spp.
  • Rock Daisy (Brachyscome angustifolia)
  • Everlasting Daisies (Bracteantha spp.)
  • Groundcover Grevilleas (Grevillea laurifolia)

Council provides a tool, on its Mountain Landscapes website, to help you choose native alternative plantings. Choose your village, soil, vegetation community and the purpose of your planting, and the tool will give you suggestions.

There are native nurseries in several Blue Mountains villages, including Glenbrook, Lawson and Katoomba. Please also ask at your favourite local nursery.

Control

Hand pull small plants and dig out larger plants. Make sure all stems and rhizomes are removed. Remove flowers and seed heads and dispose of them; cut and paint stems. Follow-up treatment will be required.

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