Erigeron pulchellus
(Robin's Plantain)

Other pictures of this plant:

               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Robin's Plantain, Poor Robin's Plantain, Rose Petty, Robert's Plantain, Blue Spring-daisy
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: April - June
    Status: Native

Erigeron pulchellus, or Robin's Plantain, is a native perennial that can be found in the eastern United States. It grows in open woods, thickets and streambanks. It is a shorter plant, and has only basal leaves.

There are many Erigeron species throughout the US, but there are four species with wide, and overlapping distributions. Fortunately, these can be distinguished, with some effort. The following are the species and their identifying features, followed by a comparison picture:

  • Erigeron annuus: tall; has hairy, paddle-shaped leaves that are usually toothed; medium amount of petals (rays)
  • Erigeron philadelphicus: medium height; has clasping leaves; has many petals (rays)
  • Erigeron pulchellus: shorter; has only basal leaves; has few petals (rays)
  • Erigeron strigosus: medium to tall height; has narrow leaves; had medium amount of petals (rays)

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