How to Grow Dwarf Sea Daisy (Erigeron Spindrift)

by Corinne Mossati

The dwarf sea daisy is a wonderful little plant. It rewards you with dainty flowers, evergreen leaves and requires minimal care. Read along to learn how to grow dwarf sea daisy in your garden.

Dwarf Sea Daisy

Dwarf Sea Daisy – Photo © The Gourmantic Garden

Every garden has a difficult spot. Mine is located near the hose which not only drips at times but rubs against whatever I plant in that location. This sea daisy was a rescue plant I bought from a garden centre. It has survived a couple of transplants as well as the rough hose treatment and has been producing masses of white and pink flowers throughout the warmer seasons.

Erigeron spindrift, also known as dwarf sea daisy is a compact variety that grows to form a dome of dense foliage punctuated by daisy-like flowers that may look delicate but have proven to withstand the rough treatment.

Erigeron Spindrift

Erigeron Spindrift – Photo © The Gourmantic Garden

You may know that ornamental flowers do not feature heavily in my garden. With such limited space, I would much rather grow nasturtium for its edible qualities or butterfly pea flower for infusions. Erigeron Spindrift is one of those flowering plants that is slowly changing my outlook.

The dwarf sea daisy is grown by transplant bought from a garden centre. The ornamental plant with evergreen foliage  favours full sun but can grow happily in part shade. It grows approximately 20cm tall and spreads to 50cm wide, tolerating most soils that have good drainage. Not being an invasive cultivar, it is easily contained and requires little care aside from deep watering during periods of intense heat and the odd liquid fertiliser feed at the start of spring.

Erigeron Spindrift Flowers

Pink and White Flowers – Photo © The Gourmantic Garden

If you’re looking for a low maintenance ornamental plant that doubles as ground cover, can be grown in containers, hanging baskets, window boxes, in small spaces or large gardens and can tolerate dry and coastal conditions, give the dwarf sea daisy a go. The dainty flowers add soft colour to the garden and with the advantage of being perennial, you can plant it and forget it.

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