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Pisapia, Robert J.
Erigeron divergens Torr. & A. Gray
Spreading fleabane, Branching fleabane, Fleabane daisy
Synonym(s): Erigeron divergens var. typicus
USDA Symbol: ERDI4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A variable species, differing in hairiness, leaf shape and size of spread. A well-branched plant covered with short, grayish hairs, those on stems standing straight out; at the tip of each of the many branches blooms a flower head with many narrow white, pink, or lavender rays surrounding a yellow disk. All types are slender stemmed and have flower heads of light blue to lavender-pink ray flowers and golden-yellow disks. This branched, short-lived perennial or biennial, usually has velvety foliage (wider basal leaves/narrower stem leaves) and varies from 1/2-2 ft. in height.
This is one of a large number of similar species. Most usually can be recognized as Erigeron by their low form, many white, pink, or lavender rays, and bracts around the head all of about the same length.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Biennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
, WY Canada: AB
, BC Native Distribution:
to s. B.C., s. to TX, AZ
& n. CA; also n. Mex. Native Habitat:
Moist or dry valleys, ridges or meadow borders
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist or dry, sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff