Daisy (13)

Daisies, also called Fleabanes, are distinguished from Asters by their phyllaries (bracts), which circle the under-side of the flower. An aster has phyllaries that overlap, like shingles, while a daisy's are about the same length in a row, like a fence. Asters bloom later in the summer than daisies. Some daisies range from white to lavender, see Pink Headed Daisy and White Daisies for more. Here are a few of the many lavender daisies.

Erigeron pinnatisectus

Pinnate-leaved Daisy
Erigeron pinnatisectus

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Featherleaf Fleabane
Photo taken on: July 12, 2009
Location: Scarps Ridge, GV, CO
Life Zones: Alpine
Habitat: Scree, rocky slopes

Plant 4"-5". Leaves are small and finely divided and grow from the base of the plant. Flowers are 1" across.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron speciosus

Showy Daisy
Erigeron speciosus

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Meadow Fleabane, Aspen Daisy, Showy Fleabane
Photo taken on: August 7, 2005
Location: Oh-be-Joyful, GV, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to subalpine
Habitat: Openings and edges of woods

Grows in large colonies to 3ft. Stems are maroon-tinged and leafy. Leaves are narrow and hairless.  Fuzzy lavender buds open to narrow-rayed lavender flowers in showy displays.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron divergens

Spreading Daisy
Erigeron divergens

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Spreading Fleabane
Photo taken on: August 4, 2005
Location: Almont,CO
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Sandy and rocky soil

Grows low, spreading and hairy to 18" in dense clusters with many branches growing from a single stem. Short leaves on the stems grow upwards. Flowers are white to lavender with numerous narrow rays. Flowers are 1" across.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron peregrinus

Subalpine Daisy
Erigeron glacialis

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Wandering Fleabane
Photo taken on: August 16, 2004
Location: Cinnamon Mountain, GV, CO
Life Zones: Subalpine to alpine
Habitat: Meadows

Grows to 20" in colonies with sturdy stems and thick narrow lance-shaped leaves. Flowers are to 1 ½" across with wide violet rays.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron subtrinervis

Three-Nerved Fleabane
Erigeron subtrinervis

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: June 16, 2006
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to subalpine
Habitat: Meadows

Grows from 6" to 3ft (this one 20") with branching, finely hairy, leafy stems.  Basal leaves are oblong to spatulate, stem leaves are narrower and clasp the stem. Leaves have fine hairs and three veins, the mid-vein more prominent. Flowers are more than 1" across with very narrow pinkish to lavender rays and finely hairy green phyllaries which together are ½" across.

Flora of North America does not mention the three veined leaves which give the plant its name. Identified from G. K. Guennel's book.

Erigeron simplex

One-headed Daisy
Erigeron simplex (E. grandiflorus)

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: One-flowered Daisy, One-stem Fleabane
Photo taken on: July 28, 2005
Location: Cottonwood Pass, CO
Life Zones: Alpine
Habitat: Meadows, rocky slopes

Grows to 10". A single flower grows on top of a hairy stem.  Flowers can be blue to pink. The phyllaries are woolly.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron leiomerus

Rockslide Daisy
Erigeron leiomerus

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Smooth Daisy
Photo taken on: July 28, 2005
Location: Cottonwood Pass, CO
Life Zones: Alpine
Habitat: Scree

Grows to 5" in tight mats with smooth, narrow leaves. A single flower grows on top of a leafless stem. Flowers range from lavender to white.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron formosissimus

Beautiful Fleabane
Erigeron formosissimus

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 24, 2007
Location: Taylor Park, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to subalpine
Habitat: Meadows, openings

Grows in masses to 12" with mostly basal leaves and a single flower on the stem. Flowers are 1 ½" across with slightly hairy, sticky phyllaries.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron eximius (E. superbus)

Sprucefir Fleabane
Erigeron eximius (E. superbus)

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Regal Daisy, Splendid Daisy
Photo taken on: September 14, 2010
Location: Cerro Grande Trail, NM
Life Zones: Montane
Habitat: Conifer forests

Grows to 18" with a 2" flower head and few stem leaves. Leaves are entire and lance-shaped. There are two rows of green phyllaries with short white hairs, sometimes reddish-tipped.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron vetensis

Early Bluetop Fleabane
Erigeron vetensis

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: June 1, 2016
Location: FS 27, Santa Fe NF, NM
Life Zones: Foothills to subalpine
Habitat: Dry, rocky slopes, ponderosa

Grows 4" to 10" in clumps with narrow, upright, basal leaves and stems. Flower is pale blue to white, an early bloomer.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron utahensis

Utah Daisy
Erigeron utahensis

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: May 18, 2012
Location: Capitol Reef NP, UT
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Dry, rocky areas, canyons

Grows to over 1ft in clumps with many stems. Flowers range from blue to pink to white and have 10 to 40 rays.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron glabellus var. pubescens

Streamside Fleabane
Erigeron glabellus var. pubescens

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: Jul 16, 2015
Location: Almont, GV, CO
Life Zones: Plains, foothills and montane
Habitat: Gravelly soil, moist meadows, open woods

Grows 3" to 20" (this one 14") with multiple stems with spreading hairs. Basal leaves are oblong to spatulate, stem leaves more lance-shaped. Flower head is about 1" across with 125-175 narrow rays and a flat yellow center. Phyllaries are green and slightly hairy, together about ⅜" across.

Compare to Three-Nerved Fleabane which is taller, has larger flowers and hairier leaves.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron caespitosus

Tufted Fleabane
Erigeron caespitosus

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: Jul 18, 2016
Location: CO SR 114, S of Cochetopa Pass
Life Zones: Plains, foothills and montane
Habitat: Rocky, sandy hills, roadsides

Grows from 2" to 10" high with lance-shaped leaves. This one was 4". Stems, leaves and phyllaries are covered in hairs. Flower heads are ¾" across. Ray flowers are white to bluish.

Flora of North America reference.

Blue/Purple Single Flowers