Erigeron melanocephalus

(Blackheaded Daisy)

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Erigeron melanocephalus, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7372

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Erigeron melanocephalus, Blue Lakes Pass Trail, Yankee Boy Basin, Ouray Co. 3332

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Erigeron melanocephalus, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 3893

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Erigeron melanocephalus, Blue Lakes Pass Trail, Yankee Boy Basin, Ouray Co. 3337

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Erigeron melanocephalus, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7368

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Erigeron melanocephalus, Blue Lakes Pass Trail, Yankee Boy Basin, Ouray Co. 3352

Scientific Name Erigeron melanocephalus USDA PLANTS Symbol ERME2
Common Name Blackheaded Daisy, Blackhead Fleabane ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 35900
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine (9300 to 14000 ft.); meadows and tundra slopes, woodlands.
Plant: Short, erect perennial 2 to 6 inches tall, often branched; hairy stem.
Leaves: Mostly basal leaves spatulate to oblanceolate, 3/4 to 2 inches long and ~1/4-inch or less wide; stem leaves linear.
Inflorescence: Single composite flower heads 1-1/2 inches across with 45 to 74 white, pinkish to purple rays; yellow disk florets; phyllaries covered with black, woolly hairs.
Bloom Period: July to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and Flora of North America.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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