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Products > Lessingia filaginifolia 'Silver Carpet'
Lessingia filaginifolia 'Silver Carpet' - Silver Carpet Beach Aster

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Corethrogyne filaginifolia]
Height: <1 foot
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Lessingia filaginifolia 'Silver Carpet' (Silver Carpet) - A low growing perennial that reaches to only about 4 inches tall but can get very wide, often listed to 4 feet but our original plants spread to 8 feet. The plant is densely clothed with toothed 1 inch long soft spoon-shaped silvery-gray leaves that are folded upwards from the middle and have small blunt teeth along the margins. From the late spring through summer into fall appear the attractive 1 inch wide lavender-pink, yellow-centered, daisy flowers which are particularly attractive to butterflies. Best in full sun with occasional to infrequent irrigation in sandy or clay soils but tolerates drought and the wind and salt spray of near coastal conditions. A great plant for a small scale groundcover in rock gardens and on slopes where it can be particularly effective spilling over a rock or wall. This plant is a Carol Bornstein selection from coastal bluffs in Monterey County and was introduced by Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens as part of their native plant introduction program. The genus was named to honor the German botanist Christian Friedrich Lessing (1809-1862), who specialized in and authored a book about the family Asteraceae; a previous name used for this genus was Corethrogyne and though unresolved, this is the name currently being listed as accepted on The Plant List. This plant has also been known as Aster filaginifolia and Aplopappus haenkei. The specific epithet means "leaves like those of Filago" the genus of the cottonroses or cudweeds also in the Asteraceae, in reference to the white, woolly threads on the leaf surfaces. We have grown this plant off and on at our nursery since 1995 - we have always liked this plant in the garden but it only has a short time in the pot when it looks great - to those who know how well this plant performs in the garden, its look in the can does not matter so much. More information on this plant can be found on the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Plant Introduction Page 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  Lessingia 'Silver Carpet'.