Erigeron philadelphicus
(Common Fleabane)

Other pictures of this plant:

               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Common Fleabane, Philadelphia Fleabane
    Lifespan: Annual
    Zones: N/A
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: April - July
    Status: Native

Erigeron philadelphicus, or Common Fleabane, is a native annual or biennial that can be found in the entire United States, except it is not reported in Utah or Arizona. It grows in fields, prairies, lawns, waste places, against buildings and often in other unexpected areas. It seems to have a preference for moist soils.

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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