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Erigeron annuus is a North American plant species in the daisy family.
Common Name Annual Fleabane, Eastern daisy fleabane
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 3-8
How do you plant fleabane seeds?
Simply sow the seed on the surface of a light, loam-based potting compost, then prick out the seedlings into modules - and when their roots have filled each cell, water well, empty them out and press each little plant firmly in place, ensuring that it is in contact with the soil between the stones.
Description: This is an annual or biennial plant that is up to 3½' tall, branching occasionally in the upper half to form flowering stems. The central stem has spreading white hairs throughout its length. The leaves toward the base are 3-5" long with sizable petioles, and they are lanceolate, ovate, or oblanceolate in shape. The leaves along the upper stems are smaller in size, without petioles, and usually lanceolate. These alternate leaves are rather common along the stems, even toward the top of the plant. The lower leaves are often coarsely serrated or dentate, while the upper leaves may have a few coarse teeth toward their outer tips. Small clusters of daisy-like composite flowers occur toward the apex of the plant, each about ½–¾" across. The central disk florets are numerous, very small, and yellow; they are surrounded by 50-120 white ray florets. Both kinds of florets can be self-fertile. The flower buds often have conspicuous white hairs. The blooming period begins in early summer and continues intermittently until the fall, usually with a lull during the hot weather of late summer. A mild fragrance is sometimes detectable. The root system is fibrous and spreading. The achenes have tufts of small hairs (which they sometimes lose); they are distributed by the wind.
Erigeron annuus Annual Fleabane Daisy Flower SEEDS Organic Naturally Grown
Cultivation: The preference is full or partial sun, and moist to mesic conditions. This plant isn't fussy about soil characteristics, and tolerates clay or gravel to a greater extent than many others. It's easy to grow, but can spread aggressively by re-seeding itself in disturbed areas. Sometimes the lower leaves will turn yellow and wither away during hot dry weather. The size of Annual Fleabane can vary considerably depending upon soil fertility, moisture amounts, and competition from neighboring plants.
Range & Habitat: The native Annual Fleabane is very common, and it has been reported in every county of Illinois (see Distribution Map). Typical habitats include disturbed areas of moist to slightly dry prairies, pastures and abandoned fields, areas along roadsides and railroads, disturbed open woods, and various kinds of waste areas. This is a native pioneer species that competes directly with many Eurasian weeds.
Faunal Associations: The nectar and pollen of the flowerheads attract a variety of insects, including Halictid bees, masked bees (Hylaeus spp.), Sphecid wasps, Vespid wasps, Syrphid flies, soldier flies (Stratiomyidae), blow flies (Lucilia spp.), Tachinid flies, flesh flies (Sarcophagidae), plant bugs, and miscellaneous beetles (Robertson, 1929; Graenicher, 1909). Various insects feed on the foliage, roots, and other parts of Annual Fleabane. These species include a leaf beetle (Calligrapha praecelsis), larvae of a gall fly (Asteromyia modesta), Tarnished Plant Bug (Lygus lineolaris), Red-spotted Aster Mirid (Polymerus basalis), Broken-backed Bug (Taylorilygus apicalis), some aphids (Uroleucon erigeronense, Uroleucon gravicorne, Prociphilus erigeronensis), and larvae of the Lynx Flower Moth (Schinia lynx); see Clark et al. (2004), Stireman et al. (2010), Snodgrass et al. (1984), Pepper (1965), Blackman & Eastop (2013), and Covell (1984/2005). Some mammalian herbivores have been observed eating the foliage of fleabanes, including sheep and deer (Georgia, 1913; Noble Foundation, 2007). The wild House Mouse and White-footed Mouse also eat the seeds (Whitaker, 1966).
Daisy fleabane, like other fleabane wildflowers, derives its common name from the superstition that dried clusters of these plants could be used to rid a dwelling of fleas. Although it cannot do that, it is however used as a diuretic and medicine for digestive ailments.
How do you use fleabane?
Tea – Leaves, Roots and Flowers
For tea, only the flowers and leaves of fleabane, (Erigeron annus), are used. Collect while plant is in bloom, then dry. You can bake herbs to dry for two hours in an oven at 175 F degrees, or use a dehydrator. Store dried flowers and leaves in a container with tight lid.
Is Fleabane a Beneficial Plant?Yes! Daisy fleabane leaf extracts contain caffeic acid which is a stimulant and active compound that has protective and antioxidative benefits to cells. In addition, the flowers have been used in native healing traditions, while research has proven healing benefits of fleabane leaves and roots.
Tinctures – Leaves, Flowers “An alcohol and water tincture extracts the medicinal phytochemical compounds better than a tea, which loses the oil soluble compounds that are the most active.” Extracts – Roots, Leaves Root extract can reduce inflammation Leaf extract has antioxidant properties and may also benefit Alzheimers Essential Oils Anti-fungal Protect against cancer
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Benefits of Fleabane
•Antimicrobial – leaves, root.
•Antioxidant – quercetin, thymol and kaempferol.
•Diuretic (King's American Dispensary by Felter & Lloyd)
•Astringent – leaves.
•Respiratory – flowers.
•Congested cough – flowers.
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