common fleabane, marsh fleabane, Philadelphia daisy
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
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 2, Wetland Indicator = FACW 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 Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"