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Erigeron melanocephalus (Blackhead fleabane)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Erigeron melanocephalus

Erigeron melanocephalus (A. Nelson) A. Nelson

Blackhead Fleabane, Black-head Fleabane

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Erigeron uniflorus var. melanocephalus

USDA Symbol: ERME2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 8 inches tall, often shorter.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug


USA: CO , NM , UT , WY

Value to Beneficial Insects

Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Erigeron melanocephalus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Erigeron melanocephalus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Erigeron melanocephalus


Record Modified: 2022-12-26
Research By: TWC Staff

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