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Erigeron divergens is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by the common name spreading fleabane. It is native to western North America, including the western half of the United States, British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, and Baja California, Chihuahua, Durango, Nuevo León, and Sonora in Mexico.
This plant is highly variable in form. It is an annual or perennial herb growing from a taproot and sometimes a caudex. It produces one to many stems 7 to 70 centimeters tall. It is a hairy plant, and the hairs are usually glandular, at least near the top of the stem. The basal leaves are 1 to 7 centimeters long, and leaves higher on the stem are smaller. The inflorescence can hold over 100 flower heads. The heads have 75 to 150 ray florets not more than a centimeter long which are white in color, fading purple. There are many yellow disc florets at the center. The fruit is about one millimeter long.
This plant occurs in many types of habitat, including desert shrublands and scrubs, grassland, meadows, pinyon-juniper woodland, oak and pine woodlands, riparian habitat, sagebrush, and disturbed areas.
This plant had a number of uses in Native American traditional medicine. The Navajo people used it as an aid in childbirth, as a lotion, an eyewash, and a treatment for snakebite and headache. It was a good luck charm among the Kiowa people.
- Tropicos, Erigeron divaricatus Nutt.
- The Plant List, Erigeron divergens Torr. & A.Gray
- photo of herbarium specimen collected in Nuevo León in 1990
- Erigeron divergens. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN).
- Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
- Erigeron divergens. Flora of North America.
- Erigeron divergens. Native American Ethnobotany. University of Michigan, Dearborn.
- The Jepson eFlora 2013
- United States Department of Agriculture plants profile
- CalPhotos photo gallery, University of California
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