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Erigeron 'WR' - Wayne Roderick Daisy

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender Blue
Bloomtime: Winter/Summer
Synonyms: [Erigeron glaucus 'WR']
Parentage: (E. glaucus x ?)
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Erigeron 'WR' (Wayne Roderick Daisy) - Evergreen perennial with large lavender-blue flowers that rise above the 1 foot tall by 2 feet wide foliage clumps in the winter to spring. It is more heat tolerant than other Erigeron glaucus selections and the flowers are held higher above the foliage. Plant in full sun to part shade with occasional to regular irrigation in summer. It is hardy to just below 0 degrees F and tolerant of desert high temperatures. This plant is great for attracting bees & butterflies to the garden and tolerates heavy clay soil, seaside conditions and is fairly resistant to deer predation. . When plants get lanky, cut back to 1 to 2 inches of stem in late fall. The initials "W.R." stand for Wayne Roderick, the legendary bay area plantsman, who passed away in 2003. Wayne reportedly found this spontaneous garden seedling hybrid of Erigeron glaucus and based on its habit and looks determined that it had crossed with another species of Erigeron. This plant was introduced using this name given to it by Nevin Smith, though some now list this plant incorrectly as Erigeron 'Wayne Roderick' or Erigeron glaucus 'Wayne Roderick' and there is some claim that there is both a 'W.R.' and a 'Wayne Roderick' though this is not something that Wayne ever indicated to us. We are sure that if Wayne was still with us, he would find this confusion quite amusing. We got our stock of this plant from Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in 1992 and have grown it continuously since this time. This is probably the most heat tolerant of the Seaside Daisies. As noted in Carol Bornstein, Dave Fross and Bart O'Brien's California Native Plants for the Garden "Seaside daisy performs best in coastal gardens and works well in mixed borders, meadows, or containers. In richer soils it looks better and blooms more profusely than it will in sandy or rocky soils. In inland gardens plants in full sun flower spectacularly throughout spring but often burn to a crisp during summer individual seaside daisy plants have a useful garden life span of two to seven years." The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'eri' meaning early or perhaps 'erio' meaning wooly and 'geron' meaning "old man" which alludes to the bristly or wooly seed heads.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Erigeron 'WR'.