Monday, August 15, 2016

Erigeron Glaucus 'Wayne Roderick"

Erigeron glaucus 'Wayne Roderick' in my garden
      There are a few plants that I have resolved to buy many more of for next year in my garden.  Erigeron glaucus 'Wayne Roderick' is one of those.  For the curious, the others are Allium 'Millenium', which I will have an entry about soon, and Agastache 'Sonoran Sunset' which I wrote about not too long ago in this blog.  Erigeron glaucus 'Wayne Roderick' is a form of a California native seaside daisy.   It grows with an evergreen base of foliage, fairly low to the ground, and then the daisies themselves are about a foot high over the foliage.  The evergreen base is supposed to be utlimately about 2 to 3 feet in diameter.  According to the blurb from Annie's Annuals this plant is tough, easy, deer resistant, drought tolerant, and attractive to native bees.  What more could you ask for?
     I have now grown this plant for two years, and I find it lives up to that hype.  If the flowers are deadheaded it blooms all summer.  It's evergreen base stays nice and neat all year round.  Its flowers, while not the stars of the garden, are very pleasing secondary players in the garden,  mixing well with other plants and colors.  In my previous garden I had grown an erigeron that I have now forgetten the name of.  It was not this one, though, and I concluded then that it was too weedy.  For that reason I had steered clear of erigerons until now.  'Wayne Roderick' has made me change my mind about this group of plants, and I may grow some others in the future.  One is particular that I am looking at is Erigeron speciosus 'Darkest of All'.  This is a form of Pacific Northwest native with darker purple flowers. 


  1. I have recently re-introduced Erigeron glaucus to my garden here in Northern California. Can't recall why I dug it up. The nursery I bought it from(our local no-tag grower) said it was E. 'Ogon' but thus far I find no such cultivar.It's a fine plant whatever it is !

  2. And it received a well deserved cultivar name, honoring a brilliant if rather quirky Bay Area plants man well known to many of us of a certain age. I think Wayne introduced this from his collections. I agree it is a very useful form, and delightfully in bloom all summer nearer the coast where fog helps it keep going all summer.

  3. It did not like full sun in Los Angeles one bit, and I should give try it in a kinder exposure. Your photo is what I was hoping for.