E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Erigeron speciosus (Lindl.) DC. (Lindl.) DC.
showy daisy (aspen fleabane)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a more or less branched stem-base; stems erect, usually several, branched, glabrous or sometimes slightly hairy or glandular in the inflorescence, 15-80 cm tall.
Basal leaves oblanceolate to broadly spoon-shaped, narrowed to winged stalks, 5-15 cm long (including the stalk), 0.4-2 cm wide, entire, margins fringed with small hairs, glabrous or sometimes with a few hairs along the main veins, usually withered or deciduous by flowering time; lower stem leaves similar to the basal leaves, middle stem leaves as large or larger, narrowly lanceolate to broadly egg-shaped, abruptly sharp-pointed or sometimes obtuse, unstalked, somewhat clasping, occasionally minutely glandular.
Achenes 2- to 4-nerved, hairy; pappus double, the inner of 20-30 bristles, the outer of shorter bristles.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic open slopes and forests in the montane zone; common in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountians, less frequent northward and west of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; E to SD and S to AZ and NM.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Erigeron speciosus

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 170 1196 2228
Slope Gradient (%) 0 29 100
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 199 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(6), BG(42), CWH(1), ESSF(98), ICH(10), IDF(227), MS(63), PP(19), SBPS(6), SBS(3)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Erigeron speciosus var. speciosus (Lindl.) DC.
Erigeron speciosus var. typicus Cronq.

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