Blue Fleabane - Erigeron acer

    Alt Name
    Erigeron acris
    Description

    Short to medium (8 to 20 inches) densely grey hairy plant. Flowerheads 10 to 15 mm with purple rays, borne in panicles, often flat topped; rays only a little longer than the disc florets. Flower bracts often purplish. Basal rosette leaves and lowest stem leaves stalked, uppermost stalkless, narrowly lanceolate with entire margins untoothed or shallowly toothed.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Dry grassland, walls, well drained calcareous soils.

    When to see it

    In flower during July and August.

    Life History

    Annual or biennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in much of England and Wales, scarce elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 30 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map