Leafy daisy, also
known as fleabane aster, is an erect, leafy, herbaceous perennial, glabrous
to slightly pubescent, growing from 8" to 40" tall from a
stout taproot and slender caudex and branched in the upper part of the
plant. The leaves are alternate, filiform to oblanceolate, 3/4"
to 2-14" long, fairly evenly-spaced and crowded around the stem.
The radiate flowering heads are somewhat numerous and solitary
in open inflorescences, with involucres about 1/4" high and 3/8"
to 5/8" wide. The phyllaries are imbricated, strongly graduated
in 3-5 series, barely glandular, with a raised midvein. The 20
to 60 ray flowers are linear, blue to lavender, and the disk flowers
are many and golden yellow. There is a pappus of 20-30 slender,
tawny bristles. Leafy daisy is found on dry rocky slopes and in brushy
and grassy places below 5000' in coastal sage scrub, chaparral and southern
oak woodland, blooming from May to July.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Erigeron 2) foliosus.
Pronunciation: er-IJ-er-on fo-lee-OH-sus.
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