Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family
Plant is an upright, freely branching, smooth to slightly hairy annual. Preferred habitat is roadsides, margin of woods and savannas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are alternate; basal leaves oblong and lance-like; widest in the middle; no teeth or lobes, but will sometimes have soft teeth; leaf base graduates narrowly and is pinched; upper leaves are linear and almost grass-like.
Flowers are terminal; flat-topped clusters of heads; symmetrical. Disc flowers are bisexual; yellow. Ray flowers are female; numerous; white to pale purple. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.
Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it.
These dainty flowers appear early and late; in which case we tend to separate them because they have a short slow-down period after the explosive spring flowering; It is the same flower. The related Common Fleabane (E. philadelphicus) flowers at the same time. The fleabane seen here has 50-75 slender ray flowers surrounding the head while Common Fleabane has 100 or more. Robins Plantain (E. vernus), which grows only at the margin of swampy areas, has broader rays that number 25-30, usually less.