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, biennial/perennial, 4"-36" tall forb usually with long, spreading hairs
Leaves: basal leaves toothed, narrowly-oblong with a rounded tipped; stem leaves clasping
Flowers: head 1/2' - 3/4" wide, 150-400 pink to white rays up to 1/3" long, disks yellow and flat; inflorescence of usually more than 9 heads per cluster; blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: wet; woods, shores, meadows
Conservation Status: Native