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Bruso, George H.
Erigeron pulchellus Michx.
Robin's plantain, Poor Robin's plantain, Rose petty, Robert's plantain, Blue spring-daisy
USDA Symbol: ERPU
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Soft stems, 12-18 in. high, rise from rosettes appearing along surface runners. The paddle-shaped, basal leaves are soft and hairy. Lavender-blue to white flowers with yellow centers are borne in several-headed clusters. The flowers somewhat resemble asters but the rays are much slenderer and more numerous.
These plants form colonies.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
, WV Canada: ON
, QC Native Distribution: ME
& Ont. to s.e. MN,
s. to GA, MS
& e. TX Native Habitat:
Rich, woods; stream banks; fields
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Rich, sandy soils
PropagationDescription: Seeds may be sown outside in late fall or the following spring without any cold treatment. Only a small percentage of the seeds will germinate, so sow thickly. Seeds require light for germination. A more practical method of propagation is division. Se
Seed Collection: Nutlets develop rapidly in the 2-3 weeks following bloom period. Collect seedheads in a paper bag when the nutlets begin to turn brown. Air-dry, clean and seal in a stored, refrigerated container.
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
- Hinton, WV
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:
Mt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2010-08-19
Research By: TWC Staff