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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map