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Home > Landscaping > Native Plants for Western Washington Gardens and Restoration Projects



Erigeron philadelphicus

Philadelphia Fleabane

Flowering Period: Jun June
Flower color: yellow
Full sun Mostly sunny
Moist soil Dry soil


At a Glance: Short-lived perennial with erect stem-base and taproot or fibrous roots.

Height: Up to 2.25 feet (70 cm).
Growth Form: Herb.
Leaves: Basal leaves broadly lance-shaped, coarsely toothed, hairy, short stalked; stem leaves progressively reduced in size, lance-shaped, stalkless, clasping at base, often toothed; size: varies; color: green.
Flowers: Numerous very narrow ray flowers; disk flowers yellow, involucres 4-6 mm high, bracts lance-oblong, with broad, clear margins, hairy on midvein or hairless; heads few to many; primary color: Ray flowers pink to purple to white; size: 2-3 cm (.8-1 in) wide; shape: disk shaped.
Flowering Period: June.
Fruits: Sparsely hairy achenes; pappus hairs whitish, fragile.

Erigeron philadelphicus
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Sun/Shade Tolerance Hydrology Elevation Range
full sun > 80%
mostly sunny 60%-80%
partial sun and shade 40%- 60%
mostly shady 60%-80%
full shade > 80%

wet
moist
dry

low elevation
mid elevation
sub-alpine
high elevation


Soil Preferences
(data not available)

Habitat Preferences
Aquatic and Wetland:
Ponds or lakes
Shallow pools
Sloughs
Swales or wet ditches
Seasonally inundated areas
Marshes or swamps
Aquatic bed wetlands
Emergent wetlands
Scrub-shrub wetlands
Forested wetlands
Bogs, fens
Seeps, springs
Shorelines and Riparian:
Lake shores
Bog margins
Streams or rivers
Stream or river banks
Riparian corridors
River bars
Floodplains
Bottomlands
Alluvial areas
Saltwater Areas:
In or near saltwater
Mud flats
Tidal areas
Estuaries
Saltmarshes
Brackish water
Seashores
Coastal dunes or beaches
Rocky or Gravelly Areas:
Coastal bluffs
Cliffs
Rocky slopes
Outcrops
Crevices
Glacial outwash
Gullies
Slide areas
Sub-alpine and Alpine:
Heaths
Snow beds
Tundra
Avalanche tracks
Forests and Thickets:
Forests and woods
Open forests
Coniferous forests
Old growth forests
Deciduous forests
Mixed forests
Nurse logs
Forest edges, openings, or clearings
Thickets
Meadows and Fields:
Pastures or fields
Meadows or grassy areas
Mossy areas
Disturbed Areas:
Roadsides
Trailsides
Logged sites
Burned areas
Disturbed sites


Wildlife Value
(data not available)

Ethnobotanical Uses and Other Facts
Material Uses: The European species of Erigeron were believed to drive fleas away.
Name Info: "Erigeron" is derived from the Greek eri meaning spring and geron meaning old man, in reference to the white-hairy fruiting heads.


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The landscaping and restoration information provided on this page is taken from the Starflower Foundation Image Herbarium. All photographs © Starflower Foundation unless otherwise noted.