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Erigeron compositus (Cutleaf daisy)
Reveal, James L.

Erigeron compositus

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

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 10 inches tall.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: 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 Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Granite gravels.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Supports Conservation Biological Control

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


Description: Propagate by divisions, by woody stem cuttings taken in spring or by seed. Seeds require light for germination.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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


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

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