Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Look for it on moist slopes, in coves, limestone bluffs, trail margins, roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Rays: Lavender/White
Disc: Yellow/Yellowish
Flower heads with 50-100 ray flowers
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Greenish-tan
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus   FAMILY Asteraceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-44-001:
Erigeron pulchellus   FAMILY Asteraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Robin's Plantain


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image of Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_erigeron_pulchellus

March        

Robin's Plantain is one of the earliest composites to bloom, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus

JK Marlow    jkm120421_309

April    Hendersonvlle County    NC

Holmes Educational Forest

Usually 2-5 flower heads with 50-100 ray flowers terminating a hairy stem, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus

JK Marlow    jkm130420_454

April    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

Involucral bracts densely pubescent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus

JK Marlow    jkm170414_654

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus

JK Marlow    jkm080504_064

May    Swain County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A stoloniferous, hairy plant with oblanceolate, scalloped basal leaves, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus

JK Marlow    jkm080504_070

May    Swain County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus

JK Marlow    jkm080504_072

May    Swain County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Above the basal leaves, a few small alternate leaves with clasping bases, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_erigeron_pulchellus_2

May        

image of Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus

JK Marlow    jkm131029_105

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

image of Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmepulchellus_sta11

Month Unknown    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

Flower heads about an inch across, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.