Flowers in Sweden: Blue Fleabane

Erigeron acer, Erigeron acre, Trimorpha acris, SE: Gråbinka,
DE: Scharfes Berufkraut, NL: Scherpe fijnstraal, UK: Blue Fleabane

Scientific name:  Erigeron acer L.
Synonym name:   Erigeron acre L., Trimorpha acris (L.) Gray
Swedish name:  Gråbinka
German name:  Scharfes Berufkraut
Nederlandse naam:  Scherpe fijnstraal
English name:  Blue Fleabane
Plant Family:  Asteraceae / Compositae, Korgblommiga växter

Vilda blommor i Sverige, Flowers in Sweden, Bloemen in Zweden

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  Hairy, slender and upright, often red or purple.
Leaves:  Entire, lanceolate, dentate or serrate
Flowers:  Flower-heads 12 mm across in a small loose panicle; involucral bracts numerous, narrow, pointed and hairy; outer florets purple, usually 2 rows, ligulate, slender and nearly erect; inner florets tubular and yellow
Flowering Period:  July, August
Fruits:  An achene, pappus of long, reddish unbranched hairs
Habitat:  Coast, farmland, settlements

Erigeron acer, Erigeron acre, Trimorpha acris, Gråbinka, Scharfes Berufkraut, Scherpe fijnstraal, Blue Fleabane


Derivation of the botanical name:
Erigeron from the Greek eri, "early"; geron, "old man", a reference to the appearance of the white hairs of the fruit soon after flowering,
acer, "sharp, pungent"
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Gray is used to indicate Samuel Frederick Gray (1766 – 1828), a British botanist, mycologist, and pharmacologist.