Silver carpet aster

Lessingia filaginifolia ‘Silver Carpet’


The California aster is a very low growing perennial with silvery gray-green leaves and bright pink daisy-type flowers. Its naturally occurs in coastal, foothill and valley habits in many parts of California where it proves to be a tough and adaptable species to sun and summer drought with a loose and scraggly habit. In comparison to plants found in nature, the cultivar L. f. ‘Silver Carpet’ will provide consistent growth to 4 in. high, 2- 3 ft. wide with a dense habit with the addition of low amounts of summer water. It has been introduced into cultivation for use as a bank and mixed perennial border plant among other California natives, and to attract butterflies.

Plant Type: Ground cover, Perennial
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Dense, Compact
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Silvery white
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Season: Summer
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, All day sun
Function: Foliage accent plant, California native, Borders, Banks, Attracts butterflies, Small spaces
Height: 4 in.
Width: 2 ft. – 3 ft.