Seaside daisy 'Fru Frida Lindström'

Last changed: 02 January 2024
Plants of the seaside daisy 'Fru Frida Lindström' in bloom. The flowers are lilac with a yellow middle. Colour photo.

Jämtland, 1939

Erigeron glaucus ’Fru Frida Lindström’


Description: Seaside daisy ‘Fru Frida Lindström’ (Mrs Frida Lindström) is a healthy, hardy variety that spreads fast. It is a beautiful ground cover in both sunny and shady locations. The variety blooms with about 5 cm wide, light purple flowers.

Height: 40-45 cm

Bloom time: At the trial field at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences outside Alnarp, in the south of Sweden, the variety has started to bloom in early June. In Östersund in the north of Sweden, where the variety was collected, the flowering period starts in late July. The flowering period stretches over several weeks and if the plants are deadheaded, it can last well into late summer.

Bloom colour: The variety has light purple ray florets and a yellow disk.

History: In 1939 Frida Lindström bought a farm in the city of Östersund in Jämtland. Frida Lindström was interested in gardening and the garden became her baby. The perennials in the garden were especially close to her heart. In 1979 she sold the farm, but stayed on there until her death in the early 1990s. Frida Lindström told the new owners a lot about the flowers and it was important to her that they remained in the garden and were taken care of. Two of the plants had been in the garden already in 1939, when she moved in. The first was a fern, and the second this light purple Seaside daisy which is now being commercially available. It is thanks to Frida Lindström's stories and the new owners' interest that we can trace the variety more than 70 years back. When the Seaside daisy now is reintroduced in trade, it is named after Frida Lindström who took such good care of it.

Collected in: Östersund in Jämtland in the north of Sweden.

How to grow Seaside daisy: The variety thrives in both sun and light shade. It prefers well-drained garden soil that is not too dry in summer. The flowering period is extended if the plants are deadheaded.

Where can I see this variety in cultivation?

The variety can be seen in Landeriträdgården at Gothenburg Botanical Garden.

Sale: The variety can be purchased at nurseries and garden centres from spring 2013.

Poster: Here you can download a poster of Seaside daisy 'Fru Frida Lindström'. Poster 


Linnea Oskarsson, genebank curator at the Swedish National Gene Bank for vegetatively propagated horticultural crops.

The Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, SLU