Erigeron glabellus
Family: Asteraceae
fleabane, streamside fleabane
Erigeron glabellus image
Robert Dana  
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"-20" tall forb with spreading hairs and multiple stems
Leaves: variously shaped, lower leaves oblong to lance-like, upper leaves more linear to lance-like
Flowers: head 3/4" - 1 1/3" wide with 125-175 blue to pinkish rays, disks yellow and flat; inflorescence of less than 9 heads per cluster; blooms June-July
Fruits: dry seed on double, fluffy pappus
Habitat: sun; prairies, meadows, lakeshores
Conservation Status: Native