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Erigeron compositus

Erigeron compositus

Erigeron compositus (Composite Daisy, Composite Fleabane, Cutleaf Daisy)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Montane to alpine. Meadows and openings. Summer.
Robertson Pasture Trail, Abajo Mountains, Utah, May 31, 2006 and June 25, 2010.

This lovely Erigeron likes shifting rocks and scree slopes.  Its habitat and sage-green, hairy, divided and then divided again and lobed leaves make it relatively easy to identify  -- if you get down to its level.  Otherwise, from the height of human eyes it can easily be thought to be the much more common, Erigeron flagellaris.

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Erigeron compositus

Erigeron compositus

Erigeron compositus (Composite Daisy, Composite Fleabane, Cutleaf Daisy)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Montane to alpine. Meadows and openings. Summer.
Robertson Pasture Trail, Abajo Mountains, Utah, May 31, 2006 and June 25, 2010.

Hairs abound on phyllaries, flower stems, and leaves.  Phyllaries are often purple tipped.  Ray flowers are white to blue to pink/lavender.

Erigeron compositus
Erigeron compositus (Composite Daisy, Composite Fleabane, Cutleaf Daisy)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Montane to alpine. Meadows and openings. Summer.
Robertson Pasture Trail, Abajo Mountains, Utah, May 31, 2006.

Basal leaves are usually quite hairy, divided in twos or threes and then distinctly stubby-lobed and fan-shaped.  Notice last year's gray, brown, and yellow dried stems and leaves.

 

Erigeron compositus
Erigeron compositus (Composite Daisy, Composite Fleabane, Cutleaf Daisy)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Subalpine, alpine. Rocks. Spring summer.
Robertson Pasture Trail, Abajo Mountains, Utah, June 25, 2010.

The photographs on this page show Erigeron compositus growing on a rocky knoll at 10,800 feet. In the photograph at left, numerous other plants, including Oxytropis parryi, are scattered through the rocks.

That's Willi Coyote and Betty on the left and Mike Price at right.