Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Philadelphia Fleabane - Erigeron philadelphicus   L.
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DistributionMountains and Piedmont, and the eastern Coastal Plain; disjunct to Pender and Brunswick counties where it occurs in a few calcareously influenced savannas. Identification of specimens from several other Coastal Plain counties proves to be E. quercifolius.

Newf. to Yuk., south to FL, TX, and CA.
AbundanceUncommon to locally fairly common in the Mountains, but uncommon in the Piedmont. Rare in the eastern Coastal Plain, and very rare in the western Coastal Plain.
HabitatIn a variety of forest types and woodlands, often along trails, and in openings. More often found on roadsides, clearings, fields, and meadows. Occurs in a few calcareously influenced Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) savannas in Pender County.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-June.
IdentificationThis species is rather like Annual Fleabane (E. annuus), but Philadelphia Fleabane has well-developed basal leaves at and beyond flowering time. Rays may be pink or white. The heads are wider than those of Oakleaf Fleabane (E. quercifolius), with rays 5-10 mm long (vs. 2.5-6 mm long).
Taxonomic CommentsPresent in NC is var. philadelphicus.

Other Common Name(s)Philadelphia-daisy
State RankS3 [S4]
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieSame data. MoorePhoto_natural
B.A. SorrieGeorge P Road, mesic roadside, April 2017. MoorePhoto_natural
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