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Asteraceae / Aster
Robin's Plantain (Erigeron pulchellus)
Robin's Plantain is also known as Fleabane. As are all members of this genus..

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 60cm in height (24inches). The stem is hairy. Spreading via stolons it often produces dense stands.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Most leaves are basal and are toothed, obovate to oblanceolate. The stem leaves lanceolate or oblanceolate and slightly toothed if at all with a clasping base.
Flowers: The flowers have numerous parts and are up to 3cm wide (1.25 inches). They are white sometimes lavender fading to white. Blooms first appear in mid spring and continue into late spring. There are more than 50 rays and there can be up to 100.
Habitat: Open woods and fields.
Range: Most of eastern North America except extreme north.

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Pulchellus means "beautiful" and this is one of our most attractive Fleabanes.

Medical Uses: Some members of the Fleabane genus have been used extensively by native Americans and white doctors alike for many conditions. The plant tea made from Fleabanes is diuretic and astringent and so was used for diarrhea, coughs, urinary problems and to stop bleeding. There is no reference I can find that refers to this particular species as being medically useful. Warning: Most Fleabanes can cause contact dermatitis.



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It is hard to see but the lower leaves have slightly wavy edges.


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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Asteridae
Aster
||Family
Asteraceae
Aster
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Erigeron

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