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Marcus, Joseph A.
Erigeron modestus A. Gray
Plains fleabane, Prairie fleabane
USDA Symbol: ermo2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
At first, this short-lived perennial forms a low, hairy-leaved clump. Numerous white, aster-like flowers are carried above the pubescent foliage on leafless stalks which nod under the weight of the unopened, pink flower buds. Later in the season, the lower leaves wither away and stem leaves appear on the now-branched stalks. By late in the season, the plant has fallen over and taken on a sprawling habit.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Deciduous Size Notes:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AZ , KS , NM , OK , TX Native Distribution:
OK & TX to AZ, s. to adjacent Mex. Native Habitat:
Dry, open, calcareous uplands, Rocky uplands in West, Central and North Central Texas west to New Mexico and Arizona. Well-drained gravel, limestone. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Dry, calcareous soils. Conditions Comments:
Fleabane looks wonderful in a container alone or with other natives. Cut the plant back by a third for continuous blooming all summer and continual butterfly visits. It has numerous white, aster-like flowers. At first, this short-lived perennial
forms a low, hairy-leaved clump. By late in the season, the plant has fallen over and taken on a sprawling habit.
BenefitUse Food: Also called Marsh Fleabane; bees collect pollen or nectar; flies and beetles feed on pollen or nectar; other insects take nectar.
Use Other: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal
PropagationDescription: Seeds require light for germination.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0311
Collected Mar 14, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth WhiteNPSOT 0171
Collected Mar. 12, 1991 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry
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Record Modified: 2012-09-17
Research By: TWC Staff, TMH