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Book cover - Common Weeds of New ZealandAn Illustrated Guide to
Common Weeds
of New Zealand


Erigeron karvinskianus
Mexican daisy


Erigeron karvinskianus - Mexican daisyReproduced from
Common Weeds of New Zealand
by Ian Popay, Paul Champion & Trevor James
ISBN 0 473 09760 5
by kind permission of the
New Zealand Plant Protection Society

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Sprawling evergreen perennial daisy up to 30 cm tall. Flowers very similar to those of common daisy, but leaves small, narrow and pleasant-smelling when crushed.

  • Flowers Very similar to the daisy Bellis perennis. Pink, 15-25 mm in diameter, with pink- or red-tipped ray florets and yellow disk florets. Solitary or in few-flowered clusters. Flowers Sep-May.
  • Fruit Sparsely hairy achenes (seeds) 1-1.4 mm long, with a single row of long-haired pappus.
  • Leaves Small, narrow, elliptical upper leaves. Lower leaves are often three-lobed. Pleasant-smelling when crushed.
  • Stems Long, thin, ribbed, sparsely-hairy to smooth, rooting, sprawling, up to 70 cm long.


Rock walls, stony places, dry waste places, road-sides, stream-sides and scrub.


Garden escape now common in NI. Occasional in SI in Nelson, Marlborough, Westland, Canterbury and Otago. Originally from Mexico.


Listed on the National Pest Plant Accord (see Introduction for details).

Derivation of botanical name

Erigeron (Gr.) = early old man, referring to fluffy, white seed heads; karvinskianus after Wilhelm Friedrich Karwinski von Karwin, 19th cent. German explorer.


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New Zealand Plant Conservation Network naturalised plants
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Their main objective: "To pool and exchange information on the biology of weeds, invertebrate and vertebrate pests, pathogens and beneficial organisms and methods for modifying their effects."
Massey UniversityMassey University Weeds Database
A site providing information about New Zealand weeds and weed control. It has a series of pages showing pictures of New Zealand weeds, notes on identification and control. It also provides information on a university paper entitled Controlling Weeds.

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