Plantidote of the Day 2012-12-3
Sand aster, California aster
Guaranteed to brighten your day! That little flower is so sweet and unpretentious, how can you not smile when you look at it? This is a lovely example of a sand aster, a drought tolerant, perennial ground cover that's happiest in full sun in Zones 7 through 10.
Sand asters are easy to propagate. In fact, all you have to do is break off a stem from an existing plant, root it in water and there you go! Or you can do it the old-fashioned way and plant seeds. There are more images of sand asters here.
NOT SO FINE PRINT: This image was sent in by a reader who gets a big "Thank you!!" I don't know how to get the time sig off the photo, though, so if someone leaves instructions, I'll fix and repost.
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