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Robin's Plantain - Erigeron pulchellus


Family: Asteraceae - Aster family Genus Common Name: Fleabane Native Status: NativeDicot Perennial Herb
Erigeron pulchellus - Robin's Plantain. Robin's Plantain is one of the shorter of the eastern fleabanes, growing from 8 to 24 inches tall, but to me it is one of the prettier of the eastern Erigeron species. It is found in 34 of the easternmost states in the United States, and in much of the eastern half of Canada.

Found in:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

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Erigeron pulchellus

Distribution of Erigeron pulchellus in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 28 Jun 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2011-April-09Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The flower of Robins Plantain is compound, having both ray and disk flowers. It has 50 - 100, usually around 80, ray flowers which are white to pale violet, up to about 3/4" long. They surround the yellow disk flowers.
Erigeron pulchellus

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2011-April-09Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
This showy fleabane grows to about 2 feet tall with a blossom that is usually more showy than other eastern fleabanes. The inflorescence is a cluster of 1 to 4 or more compound blossoms at the top of a very hairy stem.
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Erigeron pulchellus

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2011-March-20Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
There are a few small, alternate stem leaves, but the main leaves consist of a basal rosette of oblong, very hairy leaves. These basal leaves may have a few rounded teeth.
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Erigeron pulchellus

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