Erigeron parishii A. Gray

Parish's Fleabane
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)


Parish's fleabane is a fairly uncommon perennial growing to about 14" tall from a thick taproot and a woody root-crown, with silver stems covered with soft appressed hairs. The leaves are linear to oblanceolate-linear, the basal ones to 2-1/4" long and often withered at anthesis, and the cauline reduced.  The involucre is 1/4" high, greenish and puberulent, with lance-linear, imbricate phyllaries, and each head has from 30 to 50 rose to lavender ray flowers.  This species of Erigeron may be found growing on dry slopes in joshua tree and pinyon-juniper woodland and creosote bush scrub from 2500' to 6000' in the southern Mojave Desert and around the north base of the San Bernardino Mountains, particularly in Cushenbury Canyon.  It blooms from May to June.

Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Erigeron 2) parishii.
Pronunciation: er-IJ-er-on PARE-ish-ee-eye.
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