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Erigeron annuus (Eastern daisy fleabane)
Smith, R.W.

Erigeron annuus

Erigeron annuus (L.) Pers.

Eastern Daisy Fleabane, Daisy Fleabane

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Erigeron annuus var. discoideus, Stenactis annua

USDA Symbol: eran

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (I)

An erect stem covered with spreading hairs bears flower heads with 40 or more tightly packed white to pale pink ray flowers surrounding the central yellow disc flowers.

The descriptive common name originated from a belief that dried flowers could rid a dwelling of fleas. (Niering)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall, often much shorter.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AL , AR , CA , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV
Canada: AB , NB , NS , ON , PE , QC
Native Distribution: Throughout East, except far north; also in much of West.
Native Habitat: Fields, roadsides, and waste places.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Erigeron annuus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Erigeron annuus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Erigeron annuus


Record Modified: 2022-12-26
Research By: TWC Staff

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