Sometimes humility wins through.

 Erigeron ‘Profusion’/mucronatus/karvinskianus ( call it what you will!)

grows where very few other things have grown:

in a crack between the bottom of the garden wall and the paving, outside the door of the city studio. It faces North and gets only a smidgin of sun from the west on summer evenings:

It is what you see out of the corner of your eye, as you look down at the doorlock, while simultaneously fumbling for the keys. We could have had helxine-it makes a fab green mat, but its risky to let that loose anywhere!

Corydalis ochraleuca –a bit lax and the postman didn’t like it much!

Parietaria officinalis – the aptly named Pellitory of the Wall – well that is just an obscure diuretic herb!

We have grown them all there.

Correction! They have all seeded themselves there. (Increasingly, it is fascinating  what chooses to grow where all by itself, rather than what we plant where!)

The last plant to perch in this demanding little niche, Erigeron, is actually where its at.

From May to December you are cheered by these simple daisy flowers at your feet. They open white, turn pink and fade purple. So there is an attractive 3 colour effect.

It is useful for visually binding together vertical and horizontal surfaces. And for filling awkward crevices which weeds would otherwise inhabit all too thoroughly.

But you could as easily grow it on border fronts. Where as a subtle detail it would knit together, white, pinks reds and even mauves.

It is also flexible about aspect and soil.

The RHS says very firmly full sun, well drained soil. Well, we’ve proved that wrong. They also say frost hardy, rather than fully hardy. Well I suppose hardiness begs the question where? Are we talking North Pole? Its survived the last couple of winters out on the Mendips and they did feel like the North Pole!

I am sorry about the list of names. But this is one that has done the rounds of the name changers.

Lesley calls it Profusion.

I call it mucronatus.

But this merely reflects when we first encountered the plant and learnt its name!

It is now karvinskianus.

I wonder for how long?

R

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