Erigeron Species, Dancing Daisy, Latin American Fleabane, Mexican Daisy, Santa Barbara Daisy

Erigeron karvinskianus

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Erigeron (er-IJ-er-on) (Info)
Species: karvinskianus (kar-winz-kee-AY-nus) (Info)
Synonym:Erigeron gaudichaudii
Synonym:Erigeron karvinskianus var. mucronatus
Synonym:Erigeron leucanthemifolius
Synonym:Erigeron mucronatus
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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink



White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Antelope, California

Berkeley, California(2 reports)

Carmichael, California

Castro Valley, California

Clovis, California

Davis, California(2 reports)

Eureka, California

Manteca, California

Martinez, California(2 reports)

Merced, California

NORTH FORK, California

Oakland, California

Redwood City, California

Richmond, California

San Francisco, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Rosa, California

Simi Valley, California

West Covina, California

Yorba Linda, California

Yucaipa, California

Pensacola, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida

Shalimar, Florida

Brunswick, Georgia

Monmouth, Oregon

Medina, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Charlottesville, Virginia

Fircrest, Washington

Port Angeles, Washington

Port Angeles East, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Tacoma, Washington

Union, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 15, 2016, anitsirkshorty from Yucaipa, CA wrote:

It grows well at about 2500 feet elevation in full sun areas where not much else will grow. I got several 6 packs as an experiment at a local nursery and when I went back to get more they had no idea what I was talking about, and no longer carry it. Hoping to find another nursery who carries the plants. Anyone know if it's easy to grow from seed?


On May 9, 2016, catchcan from Berkeley, CA wrote:

A former owner of my Berkeley Calif home had planted several bunches of this plant within a raised terrace on the shady eastern side of the hill. The bunches were about 24" across and 10" high and have not spread beyond that during the 18 months I have lived here. They performed well during last summer's drought and also this winter and spring's downpours. They are a smart plant for this low-light location. I do enjoy the white daisy-like flowers, but removed one bunch near the sidewalk because I decided it looked too weedy when without flowers. I prefer this plant from a far enough distance so that only the flowers stand out.


On Sep 12, 2015, forker from London,
United Kingdom wrote:

Amazing, pretty, robust, long-blooming daisy in sun or partial shade and grows on thin air apparently. Loves cracks in paving or walls. Invasive through self-seeding, so once established you'll never get rid of it, but easy enough to pull up unwanted seedlings as they appear. Gets untidy by the end of the year but you can shear it back hard at the end of winter and it will thank you for it. To propagate - if you think it desirable - simply hide a small pot of compost somewhere in amidst the plant and it will self seed in it, profusely.


On Oct 11, 2014, PeacefulMary from Antelope, CA wrote:

I love this plant! I'm growing it in a pot because I have dogs who would pee on it if it was in in the ground. They pee on all the good plants, never the weeds. Anyway, this lovely, delicate looking plant has survived the very hot and dry Summer here in the Sacramento, CA area and with very little water, since we're on rationing this year. It's the first time I've grown it and I didn't know what to expect, so I'm very pleased. A very pretty and hardy plant! This one is in the backyard getting Southern exposure. I'm going to buy more next Spring to put in the side yards where, if they spread like others have mentioned, it won't be a problem. Actually, that would be really nice and save me from having to figure out what else to do with those places :)


On Mar 23, 2013, kbavouset from West Covina, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I do love that this plant is almost always blooming however, it spreads like a weed so it takes a lot of maintenance to keep in in place. Even if I pull all of it out it comes right back so I suppose I will let it stay there forever. The flowers bring a smile to my face every time I look at it.

I grow it in a raised flowerbed on the North side of a tall fence. This year I plan on planting some on the West facing side of the house to see if it will grow there with the same profusion as I have a problem with that bed.


On Apr 17, 2012, Twoflowers from Martinez, CA wrote:

Bright mass of flowers, make me smile: blooms almost constantly, easy to grow, drought tolerant, part shade or sun. It makes me look like I know what I am doing in the garden. Seeds itself and has taken up residence in spots all over our yard. I realize that might be a negative to some gardeners. My garden is the northern face of a hill in Martinez, CA (sunset zone 17).
The plant is reportedly a native of Mexico.


On May 18, 2010, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Tried many times to grow this in my mid-Atlantic perennial garden. As with many penstemon, my climate is too humid with too much rainfall and too little sunlight for this plant.

I always started them from seed and had lush little seedlings but they soon became thin, pale, and soft - they died away before flowering.


On Oct 23, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Here in zone 9 it's doing quite well, has not been invasive at all for me, my neighbor has one that she keeps trimming every season, looks great, and is kept at around 3ft.


On Aug 31, 2003, pleb from Plymouth,,
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

Around Plymouth, England, this little daisy-like plant has made itself at home. Masses of plants are frequently to be found growing on walls looking quite attractive.