Page author: David Giblin
Erigeron pumilus
shaggy fleabane
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to the Great Plains.

Habitat: Open places in the foothills, valleys and plains, often among sagebrush.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from a woody base and taproot, the stem 5-50 cm. tall, the herbage copiously spreading-hairy.


Leaves basal and cauline, oblanceolate to linear-oblanceolate, up to 8 cm. long and 8 mm. wide.


Heads several, the disk 7-15 mm. wide; involucre 4-7 mm. high, the bracts narrow, spreading-hairy; rays 50-100, 0.7-1.5 mm. wide, usually white, occasionally pale blue or pink; disk corollas 3.5-5 mm. long, slender, yellow but paler below; pappus of capillary bristles, with an outer row of shorter bristles.


Achenes slightly hairy.

Accepted Name:
Erigeron pumilus Nutt.
Publication: Gen. N. Amer. Pl. 2: 147. 1818.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. intermedius – shaggy fleabane
var. pumilus – shaggy fleabane
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Erigeron pumilus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Erigeron pumilus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Erigeron pumilus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Erigeron pumilus photos.

USDA Plants: Erigeron pumilus information.

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