Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Robin's-plantain - Erigeron pulchellus   Michaux
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AuthorMichaux
DistributionMountains and Piedmont; several places in the Coastal Plain with Piedmont-like soils.

ME to MN, south to northern FL and TX.
AbundanceFrequent to common in the Mountains; infrequent to fairly common, at least locally, in the Piedmont, though rare in the northeastern corner. Rare and local also in the Coastal Plain, being absent in the easternmost counties.
HabitatMesic to moist pine-deciduous forests, cove forests, rocky slopes, cliffs and ledges, roadbanks, and wooded margins. Shows some affinity to somewhat circumneutral soils.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April - early June.
IdentificationRobin's-plantain is a perennial from a well-developed rosette of obovate basal leaves, growing only to about 1 foot tall. There are few -- 3-5 (-8) -- stem leaves, thus often giving the plant a "naked stem" appearance (i.e., scapose). Each stem is topped by 1-several broad heads with long, lavender to white rays and a yellow disk. No other fleabane looks like it, as the heads are often 1.5 inches across.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

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