Common Name: Fleabane Daisy Family: Asteraceae, Aster or Sunflower Family
Duration:Annual or biennial, taproot. Size: 18 inches or more, 1 or 2 feet wide. Growth Form: While the species can be shrub, shubForb/herb; variable, erect or spreading, stems single or multiple, variable pubescence. Leaves: Grayish-green, hairy and variable, margins entire, pinnatifid or slighted toothed; basal leaves larger, ovate, deciduous, becoming gradually shorter and linear, sessile, along length of stem. Flower Color: White and yellow, showy, daisy-like heads on tips of branches, numerous ray florets quite attractive (75 to 150); pinkish white, purple or lavender; rays narrow, disk flowers dense, bright yellow. Flowering Season: February to October, bloom season variable across wide range.
Comments: The general description above is for the more common species that may be found in our area. Spreading Fleabane (Erigeron divergens) is one of the more common members of genus Erigeron in central Arizona. This species is highly variable in appearance throughout its range and may be misidentified easily. It can readily spread over large open areas in years with abundant rainfall.