Erigeron strigosus Muhl. ex Willd.
Rough fleabane, lesser daisy fleabane, daisy fleabane
Daisy fleabane is a North American native, a member of the sprawling aster family.
Identification: These plants have an erect stem that has many fine white hairs, and are 12-36" (30-91 cm) tall. The hairs are antrorse strigose, botanist talk for "lying down against the stem, in the upward direction." Leaves are mostly narrow, attached directly to the stem but not wrapped around it. Most leaves lack teeth. Lower leaves are fatter in the center. Flowers are white, about ½" (1.5 cm) in diameter, with 50-100 petals and a central yellow disk. They flower from May to September.
Edibility: Not edible. May cause a contact dermatitis.
Here are some similar fleabanes:
|Plant||Up to 24" (60 cm) in height. Stems have dense stiff white hairs. Plants are found at elevations between 4000-6500' (1.2-2.0 km).|
|Flowers||Flowers may be white, but they are usually violet in color.|
|Leaves||Leaves alternate, attached to stem but not wrapped around it. Upper leaves narrow and pointed at the ends, with coarse teeth or sometimes no teeth. Lower leaves are more egg-shaped.||Leaves are very narrow.||Basal leaves are spatula-shaped, up to 4" (10 cm) × 1" (3 cm), with coarse teeth. Upper leaves may be lance-shaped, but show a wide range of shapes. They usually clasp the stem.|
USDA Zones: 3a-8a
USDA Zones: 2-7
|Habitats||Moist or semi-moist disturbed areas, pastures, abandoned fields, roadsides||Moist soils at the edges of fresh bodies of water, waste areas, fields, roadsides|
These plants have an erect stem that has many fine white hairs, and are 12-36" (30-91 cm) tall. The hairs are antrorse strigose—they lie down against the stem, in the upward direction.
White, about ½" (1.5 cm) in diameter, with 50-100 petals, and a yellow central disk. They flower from May to September.
The University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium
Wildflowers of the United States
The USDA Plants Database
The Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Peterson, Roger Tory, McKenny, Margaret, Peterson Field Guides: Wildflowers—Northeastern and North Central North America, Houghton Mifflin, 1968, p. 94
Newcomb, Lawrence, Morrison, Gordon (Illus.), Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Little, Brown and Company, 1977, p. 382
Erigeron strigosus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Sep 2020.