Tidy fleabane, Navajo fleabane
Southeast California across to northwest New Mexico; north to Idaho
Sandy or rocky locations; semi-deserts, foothills, plateaus and dry mountain slopes, up to 9,000 feet
2 inches long, narrow, slightly wider towards the tips. Covered with fine hairs
The leaves provide one way to distinguish erigeron concinnus from similar species; they are grey-green in color, thin and relatively long, slightly wider towards the tip, and have a covering of short, thick white hairs, as do the stems and phyllaries. The phyllaries are often orange or reddish at the tip. Each flower head consists of many tiny yellow disc florets surrounded by 50 to 120 ray florets, usually white but sometimes pale pink or bluish. Unopened buds are more noticeably pinkish, and spherical in shape.
Three varieties are recognized (condensatus, concinnus, subglaber), differing mainly in stem characteristics. The plant is quite common, found over a wide range of locations and elevations, and is relatively low growing. Flower heads are large in comparison to the stems and leaves.