Mexican Fleabane - Erigeron karvinskianus

Description

A short to medium, loosely tufted and much branched plant with slender, slightly hairy stems. Leaves are wedge shaped or oval, often three lobed, short stalked, the uppermost narrower. Flowerheads daisy-like, 12 to 15 mm with slender pale purple, pink or white rays borne in lax, leafy, branched clusters.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Ligules white/pale mauve on upperside; pink to purple on lower.  Lower leaves with 1 pair of lateral lobes or teeth

Recording advice

A photograph of the whole plant

Habitat

Rocky places, dry habitats, pavements and walls. Sometimes planted, it has become naturalised in some parts of Britain.

When to see it

Flowers June to September.

Life History

Perennial.

UK Status

Occasional but quite widespread in England and in coastal areas of Wales.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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