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collage of Robin's Plantain and Oakleaf Fleabane

Robin's Plantain (Erigeron pulchellus) vs. Oakleaf Fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius)

Updated May 25th, 2023

These species are frequently confused in their reported range of overlap, as they have similar growth habits and height. They have little habitat overlap however, and they can be easily distinguished by flowers, growth habit, and basal leaves. E. quercifolius is restricted to the southeastern coastal plain, on sandy, peaty, or occasionally shell rock soils, and is usually found on moist, sunny, disturbed sites. E. pulchellus is predominately a more inland species, ranges onto finer-textured soils, often on slopes, and prefers better-drained, less-disturbed, shadier sites. In the zone of overlap it is most frequent on the upper slopes of riparian forests in areas where streams have dissected the terrain, leading to steeper slopes than is typical in the coastal plain; it is also often more common on calcareous soils, but not restricted to these soils.

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collage of Philadelphia Fleabane and Robin's Plantain

Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) vs. Robin's Plantain (Erigeron pulchellus)

Updated May 16th, 2023

These two species can be confused, as both have abundant basal leaves and clasping leaves along the stem, both can be found in lightly-shaded habitats, and they have overlapping bloom times. They are easily distinguished by flowers, and they also have little overlap in habitat, although differences in habitat may require close observation. E. philadelphicus has a broader range, is more common and widespread, and is found in a wider range of habitats, preferring moister, more disturbed habitats with richer soils, tolerating poor drainage, and ranging into full sun. E. pulchellus is more restricted to drier, less-disturbed, lightly-shaded habitats, in soil of low fertility.

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