Erigeron annuus
(Annual Fleabane)

Other pictures of this plant:

               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Annual Fleabane, Eastern Daisy Fleabane, Daisy Fleabane
    Synonyms: Stenactis annua
    Lifespan: Annual
    Zones: N/A
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - September
    Status: Native

Erigeron annuus, or Annual Fleabane, is a native annual of that can be found in the eastern United States. It grows in fields, prairies, lawns, waste places, against buildings and often in other unexpected areas.

There are many Erigeron species throughout the US, but there are four species with wide, and overlapping distributions. Fortunately, these can be distinguished, with some effort. The following are the species and their identifying features, followed by a comparison picture:

  • Erigeron annuus: tall; has hairy, paddle-shaped leaves that are usually toothed; medium amount of petals (rays)
  • Erigeron philadelphicus: medium height; has clasping leaves; has many petals (rays)
  • Erigeron pulchellus: shorter; has only basal leaves; has few petals (rays)
  • Erigeron strigosus: medium to tall height; has narrow leaves; had medium amount of petals (rays)

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