Erigeron compositus Pursh
Cutleaf Daisy, Dwarf Mountain Fleabane, Alpine Daisy
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Erigeron compositus var. discoideus, Erigeron compositus var. glabratus, Erigeron compositus var. multifidus, Erigeron compositus var. typicus, Erigeron trifidus
USDA Symbol: erco4
A dwarf, cushion-like plant with compact mounds of woolly, pinnately divided leaves. Short flower stalks rise from the matte leaves and bear a single miniature, white, pink or bluish, daisy-like flower with a yellow center.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 10 inches tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , ND , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NL , NS , NT , NU , QC , SK , YT
Native Distribution: Greenland to AK, s. to Que. & at high altitudes in the western states
Native Habitat: Gravelly, alpine slopes
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Granite gravels.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSupports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by divisions, by woody stem cuttings taken in spring or by seed. Seeds require light for germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Erigeron compositus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Erigeron compositus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Erigeron compositus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-26
Research By: TWC Staff