Erigeron flagellaris

(Trailing Daisy)

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Erigeron flagellaris, Peak 7, Summit Co. 7230

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Erigeron flagellaris, Peak 7, Summit Co. 7201

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Erigeron flagellaris, Peak 7, Summit Co. 7219

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Erigeron flagellaris, Peak 7, Summit Co. 7211

Scientific Name Erigeron flagellaris USDA PLANTS Symbol ERFL
Common Name Trailing Daisy, Trailing Fleabane ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 35865
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to subalpine (5000 to 11800 ft.); often moist areas in meadows, open areas in grasslands and woodlands.
Plant: Biennial or short-lived perennial 10 to 16 inches tall with weak, slender stem and leafy, prostrate stolons (runners); erect stems produced initially eventually bear flowers followed by sterile runners; fertile stems are leafy only toward the base; leafy sterile stems (stolons) are long, trailing, and often rooting at the tips.
Leaves: Alternate, oblanceolate stem leaves, lower leaves on long petioles and up to 1 inch long with entire or dentate margins; smaller upper leaves are sessile, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, and hairy; basal leaves may be persistent (lasting through blooming), broadly oblanceolate to elliptic, 3/4 to 2-1/8 inches long and 1/8 to 3/8-inch wide.
Inflorescence: Small, solitary composite flower heads 3/4-inch across with many (40 to 125) white rays, blue- or pink-tinged underneath, yellow disk florets; pointed, hairy and sticky phyllaries.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet. Plant located thanks to Jane Hendrix, Breckenridge, CO.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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