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Chaetopappa ericoides (Rose heath)
Reveal, James L.

Chaetopappa ericoides

Chaetopappa ericoides (Torr.) G.L. Nesom

Rose Heath, Rose-heath

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Aster arenosus, Aster ericaefolius, Aster hirtifolius, Aster leucelene, Inula ericoides, Leucelene ericoides

USDA Symbol: cher2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Diminutive; from woody base, spreading underground stem; stems, leaves somewhat glandular, hairy.

The species name "ericoides" means "heath-like" and refers to this plant's leaves.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Size Notes: Up to about 5 inches tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AZ , CA , CO , KS , NE , NM , NV , OK , TX , UT , WY
Native Distribution: Southwestern quadrant of the United States from California east to Texas and Nebraska; also Mexico.
Native Habitat: Rocky areas, Blackbrush to pinyon-juniper woods, southern deserts.

Web Reference

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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