Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

Erigeron strigosus is known by the common names Daisy Fleabane, Common Rough Fleabane, or Prairie Fleabane. It grows in the open field at our place and flowers profusely for several months.

A stand of plants at one edge of the field

A closer view of a few plants

An even closer view

A flower begins to open. These petals are pinkish look almost translucent. This photo also shows the characteristic leaf shape of this species.

Recently opened flowers are often pink; this year some have been a deeper purple.

The opening flower in profile

The plants flower at the same time as the Small’s Ragwort (Packera anonyma). As the flowers mature, the pink/purple color fades; the flowers are white.

Close up of a mature, white flower.

Erigeron strigosus
(Daisy Fleabane) is native to the United States. It grows in most provinces in Canada and states in the United States except the southwestern states (Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah) as the Northwest Territories and Alaska.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Erigeron strigosus (Prairie Fleabane)

University of North Carolina Herbarium: Erigeron strigosus

Identification resources:
- Southeastern Flora: Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

Native & Naturalized Plants of Georgia and the Carolinas: Erigeron strigosus (Daisy Fleabane, Common Rough Fleabane, Prairie Fleabane)
- Missouri Plants: Erigeron strigosus

Related posts:

- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower

- Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus)

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