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Basin Daisy

Erigeron pulcherrimus

Erigeron pulcherrimus

Family: Asteraceae (A Utah Flora - Compositae) - Sunflower Family

Perennial herbs; stems 2” to 1.2' (5 to 35 centimeters) tall

Leaves: basal and alternate; simple; basal leaves 0.32” to 2.8” (0.8 to 7 cm) long; 0.04” to 0.2” (1 to 5 mm) wide; leaves reduced upwards; has hairs

Flowers: ray flowers and disk flowers; flower head appears to be a single flower, but is composed of several flowers (a composite). Flowers are white, pink, or violet; 25 to 60 rays; rays 0.32” to 0.6” (8 to 15 mm) long; flowers 0.08” to 0.148” (2 to 3.7 mm) wide

Pollinators: other Erigeron species are pollinated by bees, moths and butterflies

Fruits: achene – 1 seeded with hard shell

Blooms in Arches National Park: April, May, June

Habitat in Arches National Park: desert shrub and pinyon-juniper communities on saline and seleniferous clays, clay-silts, and gravel substrates

Location seen: Delicate Arch road

Other: The genus name, “Erigeron”, is from Greek “eri” meaning “early” and “geron” which means “old man” because the plant blooms early in the year and the seed's bristles resembles an old man's gray hair. The species name, “pulcherrimus”, means “beautiful”.

This family is the most advanced and complex of the dicots. The family is rich in oils and resins and is found in every part of the world, but is infrequent in the tropical rainforest. Aquatic or semi-aquatic species are also uncommon.

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Graffiti-free Zone

Even though graffiti is prohibited by law, rangers and volunteer groups spend hundreds of hours every year removing it in Arches. Please join us in protecting the park by not leaving your mark. If you discover graffiti in the park, please let us know. Otherwise, make memories, take pictures, but leave no visible trace of your visit. More...