Use: Fleabane has heavy growth that effectively competes against weeds. It is ideal for the wildflower garden as well as the perennial border or covering a sunny slope. Fleabane grows so densely that it can prevent heavy rains from washing away soil on a slope. The cut flowers are nice in bouquets, but the flowers should be open when they are cut because the buds will not open after cutting.
Culture: Fleabane grows well in hot, dry, sunny areas. The flowering season can be lengthened if it is protected from mid-day sun or pruned immediately after blooming. Divide the clumps after 5 or 6 years or when they become overgrown. In early spring, divide them into fist-sized pieces, cut the roots down to about 4 inches and replant. Fleabane will suddenly stop growing during dry periods unless given sufficient water.