Erigeron pulchellus (Robin’s Plantain)



Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols.Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 439. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc.


USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Provided by NRCS National Wetland Team

Where Commonly Found:  Uplands, non-aquatic.

How to Identify:
(For unfamiliar words: Wikipedia Glossary of Botanical Terms).
Go Botany Key for Erigeron pulchellus.
Missouri Botanical Garden’s description of Erigeron pulchellus.  Click on more images.
Flower Type:  Flower head of tubular disk flowers in the center and purple, blue, pink, red or white ray flowers, often strap shaded around the outside
Flower Time: April – June
Leaf Arrangement:  Alternate with one leaf per node.
Leaf Type:  Simple, may be lobed or unlobed, but not separated into leaflets.  Leaves can be 3/4″ – 7″ long
Height:  1.5′ – 2′
Seed Collection:  Nutlets develop rapidly about 2 – 3 weeks after bloom.  Collect in paper bag when nutlets start turning brown.  Air-day, then clean, then store refrigerated in

Attracts: Bees, Butterflies.
Use:  Naturalizing, Ground Cover.
Light:  Full Sun to Part Shade
Hardiness Zone:  3 – 8  USDA Zone Map
Soils:  Dry to Moist, avoid rich, amended soils.
Notes:   Erigeron pulchellus, Robin’s Plantain, will self-seed and spread through stoloniferous roots to form a pleasing ground cover with aster-like flowers.
Native to Northeast and Midwest US. Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North American Plant Atlas (NAPA).


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