Etymology: Erigeron: from Greek eri, "early," and geron, "old man," thus meaning "old man in the spring," referring to the fluffy, white seed heads and the early flowering and fruiting of many species
Plants: erect, annual, 2'-4' tall forb with dense foliage; stems with long spreading hairs
Leaves: basal leaves elliptical and coarsely toothed, stem leaves widely lance-like, usually sharply toothed, and not clasping
Flowers: head 1/2" - 3/4" wide with 80-125 white to pinkish rays up to 1/3" long, disks yellow and flat; inflorescence of several to many heads; blooms June-Sept.
Fruits: dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: disturbed areas
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 0, Wetland Indicator = FAC- USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key