Flower of the Day: Common Fleabane

Erigeron philadelphicus; Asteraceae (aster family)

Isn’t this just too perky for words?

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There are several hundred species of Erigeron worldwide.  Three or four* of them can be found in this area, and should be blooming within the coming month.  I’ve found what I believe to be robin-plantain (Erigeron pulchellus) in bud already.  The plant pictured above stands about 2 1/2 feet tall; the flowers occur in loose terminal clusters, mostly.

*depending which authority you consult; there’s a lot of mix-up with common and botanical names

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