Erigeron compositus

(Cutleaf Daisy)

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Erigeron compositus, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5468

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Erigeron compositus, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5474

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Erigeron compositus, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5471

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Erigeron compositus, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5473

Scientific Name Erigeron compositus USDA PLANTS Symbol ERCO4
Common Name Cutleaf Daisy, Fernleaf Fleabane ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 35843
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (5300 to 14000 ft.); open areas in meadows, rocky areas, scree slopes.
Plant: Short perennial up to 10 inches tall with erect, somewhat hairy and reddish stems.
Leaves: Mostly basal, fleshy, grayish-green leaves, up to 2 inches long overall, spatulate in outline and divided two to four times into short linear, hairy lobes; stem leaves smaller.
Inflorescence: Single composite flower heads about 1 inch across with 20 to 60 white, sometimes bluish, rays; many yellow disk florets; green or purple phyllaries in two or three rows, and covered with spreading white hairs.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Flora of North America and American Southwest.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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