The Daisy Fleabane is a wildflower found in most of the United States and Canada. These spunky little flowers bloom from spring to fall, flaunting thin hairlike white petals surrounding a bright yellow center. You can spot them in vacant lots, on the side of the road, backyards, forests, and practically anywhere else. Some may consider this plant to be a weed or even invasive, however I think these wildflowers are delicate little beauties.
Location: Starved Rock State Park, Illinois
Common Name: Daisy Fleabane, Annual Fleabane, Eastern Fleabane Daisy
Botanical Name: Erigeron annuus
Family: Asteraceae / Aster
Origin: North America
Description: Flowers have thin hairlike white petals surrounding a bright yellow center.
Care: The Daisy Fleabane grows best along roadsides, near waste areas, in abandoned lots, and throughout the forests. No special care is needed as these annual plants generally grow in the wild and are tolerant of most soil conditions.
Propagation: Generally grown from seed, can also easily be transplanted.
Toxicity: Foliage can be eaten.
Tidbit: The name Fleabane comes name from the old belief that bundles of these flowers could ward off fleas.