|Scientific Name||Erigeron bellidiastrum||USDA PLANTS Symbol||ERBE2|
|Common Name||Pretty Daisy, Western Fleabane||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||35827|
|Description||Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (3400 to 8800 ft.); dry, sandy soils in open ares, grasslands and shrublands.
Plant: Annual or biennial 4 to 20 inches tall with multiple erect to ascending stems that are densely covered with upcurved hairs.
Leaves: A cluster of spatulate to oblanceolate or linear basal leaves up to 3 inches long may persist until flowering, but most leaves are alternate along the stem, linear to oblanceolate or spatulate, 3/8 to 2-3/8 inches long and less than 1/4-inch wide; edges usually entire but may have a pair of shallow lobes or teeth; surfaces slightly hairy.
Inflorescence: One or up to 12 showy composite flower heads in arrays on stem branches, each about 1 inch across with 20 to 70 rays that are white, sometimes tinged pink, purple or blue and drying to a purplish color; many yellow disk florets; green phyllaries densely covered with distinctive curved white hairs.
Bloom Period: May to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and Kansas Wildflowers & Grasses.
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