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, perennial, 6"-18" tall forb covered with spreading hairs; forming large patches
Leaves: mostly basal, oblong to roundish, usually toothed; stem leaves smaller
Flowers: head 2/3"- 1" wide, 50-100 bluish to white rays, disks yellow and flat; inflorescence with 1 to a few heads per cluster; blooms May-June
Fruits: smooth, dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: moist; woods, streambanks
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 4, Wetland Indicator = FACU Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times 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. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"