Erigeron divergens Torr. & A. Gray
Spreading fleabane, Branching fleabane, Fleabane daisy
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Erigeron divergens var. typicus
USDA Symbol: ERDI4
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , KS , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: W. SD 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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSupports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Erigeron divergens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Erigeron divergens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Erigeron divergens
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff