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Fleabane (Common)

Erigeron philadelphicus
Fleabane (Common)

Habitat

They are found in fields and open wooded areas.

Description

It has small, 1 inch, white to purple flower heads with yellow disc centers. They are in loose bunches on the branched, hairy stems. They have many petals (100-150 per flower head). The leaves are at the bottom of the plant and up the stem. They are toothed and hold the stem at the base of the leaf. They bloom May through August.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

Flower Type: Many small flowers with many (100+) thin petals (rays) and center cluster - Composite
Flower Color: White to pinkish petals, yellow center cluster
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Plant Type: Wildflower (Medium - 6-30 inches)
Leaf Type: Heart-shaped at base, clasping stem and toothed
Stem: Hairy

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