Erigeron vernus

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Common name: early whitetop fleabane [1], whitetop fleabane [2]

Erigeron vernus
Erigeron vernus AFP.jpg
Photo by the Atlas of Florida Plants Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Erigeron
Species: E. vernus
Binomial name
Erigeron vernus
Natural range of Erigeron vernus from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: none

Varieties: none


E. vernus is a perennial forb/herb of the Asteraceae family native to North America. [1]


E. vernus is found along the southeastern coast of the United States from Louisiana to Virginia. [1]



E. vernus proliferates in wet savannas, seepages, and interdunal swales. [2] Specimens have been collected from edge of pond, dry loamy sands, wet pine flatwoods, hardwood swamp, peaty ditch, cypress swamp, prairie, hillside bog, and disturbed areas such as next to a track field and roadside ditches. [3] It has been noted that E. vernus is abundant in areas with hog rooting. [4]


E. vernus has been observed flowering January through July and September. [5]

Fire ecology

E. vernus has been considered fire-stimulated. It largely flowers after a recent burn, particularly in pine savanna habitats. [4]

Use by animals

E. vernus has poor forage value. [6]

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 USDA Plant Database
  2. 2.0 2.1 Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: Ed Keppner, Lisa Keppner, Loran C. Anderson, Cecil Slaughter, R. Kral, Ann F. Johnson, R.K. Godfrey, Morris Adams, A.F. Clewell, E. Tyson, Paul L. Redfearn, Robert Norris, Bruce Hansen, JoAnn Hansen, D.W. Mather, Lloyd H. Shinners, Grady Reinert, N. Summerlin, M. Knott, J.P. Gillespie, W.D. Reese, E.M. Hodgson, C.Jackson, Gerould Wilhelm, Mabel Kral, George Cooley, Richard Eaton, James D. Ray, K. Craddock Burks, R. Komarek, J.M. Kane. States and counties: Florida (Bay, Wakulla, Putnam, Flagler, Nassau, Franklin, Liberty, Volusia, Washington, Walton, Hamilton, Jefferson, Okaloosa, Marion, Escambia, Osceola, Calhoun, Union, Jackson, Bradford, Charlotte, Martin, Citrus, Dixie, Jefferson) Georgia (Thomas)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Observation by Edwin Bridges comment on Jimi Cheak post, August 11, 2017, posted to Florida Flora and Ecosystematics Facebook Group.
  5. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 21 MAY 2018
  6. Hilmon, J. B. (1964). "Plants of the Caloosa Experimental Range " U.S. Forest Service Research Paper SE-12