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Erigeron linearis
desert yellow daisy, lineleaf fleabane

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; southern British Columbia to California, east to Montana, Wyoming, and Utah.

Habitat: Dry, open, often rocky areas at low to middle elevations.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from a stout woody base, 5-30 cm. tall, covered throughout with fine, grey, appressed hairs aligned in one direction.


Bases of stems and basal leaves hardened and enlarged, straw-colored; leaves linear, 1.5-9 cm. long and 0.5-3 mm. wide, mostly basal.


Heads solitary or few on each stem, the disk 8-13 mm. wide; involucre 4-7 mm. high; rays 15-45, yellow, 4-11 mm. long; disk corollas 3.5-5.3 mm. long, yellow; pappus of 10-20 bristles and some outer scales.

Accepted Name:
Erigeron linearis (Hook.) Piper
Publication: Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 11: 567. 1906.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Diplopappus linearis Hook.
Erigeron peucephyllus A. Gray
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Erigeron linearis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Erigeron linearis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Erigeron linearis photos.

USDA Plants: Erigeron linearis information.

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