A late-spring daisy-like plant. Flower heads one to
one and a half inches wide, pink, blue.
violet or white, with yellow centers, One to one-and-a-half inches wide.
Most leaves are basal, spatula-shaped, toothed and soft hairy. A few
small stem leaves may be present.
A native or open woods and
fields. Rather rare in Wildwood.
Robin's plantain is a member of the genus Erigeron, the fleabanes.
These are easily recognized by their daisy-like flowers with a large number
of very narrow rays. Common fleabane (E. philadelphicus) has
somewhat smaller flowers and mostly stem leaves that clasp the stem. Daisy
fleabanes (E. strigosus,
and E. annuus) bloom
later, have still smaller flowers with fewer rays ("petals"), and have
mostly stem leaves. Oxeye daisy
(Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) blooms in the summer and has fewer,