Other names: lace buttons, sweet
scabious, tall white weed, whitetop
Blooming time: May to October
Height: maximum is about 5 ft.
Stems and Leaves: Daisy fleabane has leafy,
stiff erect stems that are usually branched towards the
top. The stems are slightly ridged and somewhat hairy.
There is wide variation among the leaves. Lower leaves
may be 6 inches long and 3 inches wide and are more or
less oval in shape with coarse marginal teeth. Their
petioles have a distinct margin or wing. Upper leaves are
narrower, often without petioles, sometimes without
marginal teeth. Upper leaves usually have a few bristly
hairs on the edges and on the underside .
Flowers and Fruit: The small daisy-like
flowers are in clusters on short stalks at the tips of
upper branches. Individual flowerheads are about 1/2 inch
across and have a yellow disc in the center circled by
two or three sets of white rays. These rays, each longer
than the diamerter of the center disc, may be tinged with
purple. The petals of the daisy fleabane are the same
width along the entire length.
Interesting facts: Daisy fleabane got its name
from its reputation for repelling fleas during the Middle
Ages. The flower heads were dried and placed in a room or
near a bed to drive away fleas. A tea of the blossoms was
used as an expectorant. An astringent rectal injection
for hemorrhoids was brewed from the entire plant.
Varieties of daisy fleabane in many colors have been
developed for garden use.
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Page last updated March 24, 2015
Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie- The Upper Midwest,
Sylvan T. Runkel and Dean M. Roosa;
A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Northeastern and
North-central North America, Roger Tory Peterson and
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