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Erigeron glacialis
glacier fleabane

Distribution: Widely distributed in the mountains throughout Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Moist, open areas at mid- to high elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, butterflies, flies, apomixis?


Fibrous-rooted perennial from a short rhizome, up to 7 dm. tall, amply leafy.


Basal leaves oblanceolate or broader, the cauline not much reduced, ovate; all leaves usually entire.


Heads solitary or few, the disk 10-25 mm. wide; involucre 7-11 mm. high, the bracts linear, pointed, about equal in length, loose and rather herbaceous, about 1 mm. wide; rays 30-80, 8-25 mm. long and 2-4 mm. wide, dark to pale purple; disk flowers 4-6 mm. long; pappus of 20-30 capillary bristles.


Achene usually 5-nerved.

Accepted Name:
Erigeron glacialis (Nutt.) A. Nelson
Publication: Bot. Gaz. 37: 270. 1904.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Erigeron glacialis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Erigeron glacialis checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Erigeron glacialis information.

E-Flora BC: Erigeron glacialis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Erigeron glacialis photos.

USDA Plants: Erigeron glacialis information.

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