Philadelphia Fleabane - Philadelphia Daisy
Erigeron philadelphicus
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Plant is an upright, hairy biennial or short-lived perennial. Its preferred habitat is yards, waste sites, roadsides and old fields. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate; whole; basal leaves are lance-shape but attached at the tapered end, or may be elliptic (widest beyond the center); stalked; tapering to the tip with sides less than equal; margins are toothed or shallowly lobed and base is wedge shaped. Stem leaves are reduced, often clasping.

Flowers are in flat-topped clusters of heads at the end of a stem; symmetrical in form. Disc flowers are bisexual, yellow; ray flowers are female,;75-100 white or pinkish rays. Flowers occur in the spring.

Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it (achene).

A related species, Robin’s Fleabane, stoloniferous, has 50-75 or fewer ray flowers, and is found in rich woods.

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