The Blue Spring Daisy would seem to be a sort of favourite name for this earliest of the Aster or Daisylike flowers. It is found in the grass in damp fields and on hillsides or banks along woodland borders, where the direct sunlight is broken into shaded spots. It flourishes in scattered communities, and blooming as it does, from April through June, it is not likely to be confused with any of the later-flowering Asters, which it strongly suggests. One can tell this species from an Aster by its hairy surface, and also by the rosette of basal leaves - noticeable characteristics which the Asters do not possess. It is a perennial, and may be found in the same locality year after year, where it increases by stolens and offsets. The singular, hairy, light green stalk is thick and juicy, and rises from ten to twenty inches high, from a rosette of leaves. It is hollow, grooved and sparingly leafy. The flowers are rather large and pleasing, and several of them are borne in a terminal flat-topped cluster. They are Daisy-like in design, with a bright yellow centre of many small disc florets, surrounded with a finely cut fringe of ray flowers of a light bluish purple. The latter colour varies greatly, and often it is faded white.
They are set in a green cup. The long, narrow and partly clasping leaf is hairy, and tapers toward the point. The midrib is prominent, and shows a lighter shade than the leaf. The margin is entire, and sparingly notched. They are arranged alternately, and so infrequent as to give the stem a generally naked appearance. The basal leaves are tufted and narrow into short, margined peticles or stems. Erigeron is Greek, signifying old man in the spring, alluding to the whitish hairs with which the plant is covered. While the long stalk looks stiff and is erect, the flowers have a certain refinedness that is becoming and graceful. The species is found from Nova Scotia to Ontario and Minnesota, south to Florida and Louisiana.