Daisy (14)

Daisies, also called Fleabanes, are distinguished from Asters by their phyllaries, 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 Townsend Daisies and Blue Daisies for more species. Here are a few of the many.

Matricaria perforata

Scentless Chamomile Daisy
Matricaria perforata (Tripleurospermum perforatum)

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Fuzzy Daisy, Wild Chamomile, Scentless False Mayweed
Photo taken on: July 1, 2006
Location: Crested Butte South, CO
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Meadows, disturbed soil

This bushy plant grows to 2ft with fern-like leaves and showy flowers.

NOXIOUS

Erigeron coulteri

Coulter's Daisy
Erigeron coulteri

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Large Mountain Fleabane
Photo taken on: August 8, 2004
Location: Lily Lake, GV, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to subalpine
Habitat: Moist areas

Flowers are 1 ½" across with many rays. The plant is up to 2ft high with oblong leaves on the stems.

Leucanthemum vulgare

Ox-eye Daisy
Leucanthemum vulgare

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 7, 2004
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Roadsides

Flowers are borne on a single leafless stem that is up to 2ft high with a basal rosette of wavy edged leaves.

NOXIOUS

Erigeron flagellaris

Whiplash Daisy
Erigeron flagellaris

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Trailing Daisy
Photo taken on: July 1, 2009
Location: Deer Creek, Gothic, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Meadows

Plants are 4" to 10" with narrow leaves and runners. The flowers have many rays and a touch of pink below.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron melanocephalus

Blackheaded Daisy
Erigeron melanocephalus

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Blackhead Fleabane
Photo taken on: July 14, 2007
Location: Scarps Ridge, GV, CO
Life Zones: Alpine
Habitat: Scree

Grows to a few inches. Flowers are showy, white to lavender with dark phyllaries and spoon-shaped leaves.

Erigeron melanocephalus

Erigeron canus

Hoary Fleabane
Erigeron canus

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: May 31, 2008
Location: Almont Triangle, GV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Meadows

Grows from 2" to 12" with 1" white or bluish flowers.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron colo-mexicanus

Running Fleabane
Erigeron colomexicanus (E. divergens var. cinereus, E. trayci)

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Sprawling Daisy, Fleabane Daisy, Tracy's Fleabane
Photo taken on: May 14, 2009
Location: White Rock, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Dry, sandy, gravelly areas

Grows to 10" with long, sprawling, leafy stems. White flowers are pinkish underneath.arrow

 

Erigeron colo-mexicanus



Young plants have a single stem and a basal rosette of hairy leaves. Runners are soon formed and the plant becomes a mass of tangled runners and tall stems.

Flora of North America reference.

Photo taken on: April 24, 2009
Location: Wet Mountains, Eastern CO

Erigeron divergens

Spreading Daisy
Erigeron divergens

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Spreading Fleabane
Photo taken on: June 3, 2009
Location: White Rock, NM
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Sandy and rocky areas, disturbed soil

Grows low, spreading and hairy to 12" with many branches. The ¾" flowers are white to lavender with numerous narrow rays.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron lonchophyllus

Shortray Fleabane
Erigeron lonchophyllus (Trimorpha lonchophylla)

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Spear-leaved Fleabane
Photo taken on: July 21, 2010
Location: Union Canyon, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane and subalpine
Habitat: Moist rocky open areas

Grows to 2ft with long narrow basal leaves and few stem leaves. The flowers are pinkish to white with numerous tiny very short rays. The phyllaries are unequal in length and purple-tipped.

Erigeron lonchophyllus

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron pulcherrimus

Basin Fleabane
Erigeron pulcherrimus

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Basin Daisy, Beautiful Daisy
Photo taken on: May 26, 2016
Location: Frijoles Canyon, Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Foothills
Habitat: Dry, silty areas, pinyon-juniper

Grows in dense clumps to 12" high with narrow, mostly basal leaves which remain on the plant. Flowers are 1" across with curling petals and can be white to pale lavender.

Erigeron pulcherrimus

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron compositus

Cutleaf Daisy
Erigeron compositus

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Cut-leaved Fleabane, Dwarf Mountain Fleabane
Photo taken on: July 24, 2015
Location: Scarp's Ridge, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to alpine
Habitat: Rocky, sandy slopes

Grows 2"-8" covered in hairs with fan-shaped leaves that are deeply cut into narrow segments. Flowers may be white, pink or blue.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron bellidiastrum

Western Daisy Fleabane
Erigeron bellidiastrum

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Sand Fleabane, Pretty Daisy
Photo taken on: June 16, 2015
Location: Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Dry, sandy areas, roadsides

Grows from 2-15" with narrow leaves on the stem covered with fine up-curved hairs. Flowers have fewer rays than other erigeron with some growing between the phyllaries.

Erigeron bellidiastrum

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron modestus

Plains Fleabane
Erigeron modestus

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Prairie Fleabane
Photo taken on: May 14, 2014
Location: Plaza Blanca, Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Dry, gravelly areas

Grows 2-8" with hairy, lobed basal leaves. Flowers are ¾" across with pink/lavender stripes below.  Later in the season, the lower leaves wither away and stem leaves appear on the now-branched stalks. Late in the season, the plant sprawls.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron concinnus

Navajo Fleabane
Erigeron concinnus

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Hairy Daisy, Tidy Fleabane
Photo taken on: June 1, 2016
Location: FS 27, Santa Fe NF, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Dry, gravelly areas

Grows to 10" high, this was about 6", covered in fine hairs that give the plant a fuzzy appearance. Leaves are narrow. Flower buds are nodding but become erect. Flowers are white to pale lavender.

Flora of North America reference.

Erigeron pulcherrimus

UFO Fleabane
Erigeron spp.

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: May 10, 2010
Location: Little Wildhorse Canyon, UT
Life Zones: Foothills
Habitat: Dry sandy areas, openings

Growing in dense clumps to 15" high with mostly basal, entire, 3" long leaves, ½" wide with wavy margins. Flowers over 1" across. Phyllaries are ½" long with long pointed tips.

Erigeron pulcherrimus

White/Cream Single Flowers