Erigeron pulchellus
Family: Asteraceae
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Merel R. Black  
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