Daisy Fleabane - Erigeron annuus (Composite or Daisy family - Compositae)

 

Daisy Fleabane - Erigeron annuus (Composite or Daisy family - Compositae) This asterlike flower, unlike the asters, starts blooming in spring. Rays are more numerous (40 - 70). Leaves are strongly toothed. Fields, roadsides, waste land.

 

 

 

 

There are many species of fleabane, so named from the belief that when dried and burned they were an insect repellant. They were hung in early country cottages for this purpose. The generic name combines the Greek eri, "early,' and geron, "old man," an allusion to the white hair covering the plant.

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