daisy fleabane

May 15, 2020

I have these daisies growing all over the place on my property, as you may be aware.

My dad told me they were field daisies years ago, and I wasn’t completely sure after yesterdays post, so I decided to look it up.

They are called field daisies because, you guessed it, they are commonly found in fields. They flourish in fields, along roadsides and around waste areas, according to edible food.com. They prefer full sun, dry conditions, and somewhat alkaline soil – my property is great for them!

It is recognizable due to its composite flowers and hairy stems and leaves. It blooms early in the season.

  • common names: Erigeron annuus (scientific), Eastern Daisy Fleabane (native), Annual (Daisy) Fleabane; there are a number of species of fleabane
  • low-maintenance perennial but could also be considered annuals and biannuals
  • the petals are called rays
  • produces two types of leaves: lanceolate-to-ovate, basal leaves, they are long measuring up to 15cm; the leaves along the stem are smaller, toothed, clasping and hairy
  • grow anywhere from 30-150 cm in height
  • grow all across North America and have neutralized in Europe
  • seeds develop a milk weed type fluff and are dispersed by the wind

The leaves of this plant are edible, being used where ever you cook with greens. The leaves contain “caffeic acid which is an active compound that has antioxidative and neuroprotective effects on neuronal cells.” Depending on how it’s prepared, the leaves can be used as a diuretic, digestive ailments, astringent to stop mild bleeding, and can be used to soothe hemorrhoids, and to treat sever diarrhea.

Native Americans used this plant as an insect repellent and anti-itch medicine. The site doesn’t specify which parts were used. I looked it up in my “Handbook of Native American Herbs”, couldn’t find it. I’ve got several books about edible herbs, edible plants but I couldn’t find anything for this particular flower. I will keep searching.

Maybe I’ll do more posts about edible plants and how to use them…considering everything that is going on in the world, it might come in handy. For all of us!

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!

sources: https://www.ediblewildfood.com/daisy-fleabane.aspx

to read yesterdays post, same topic (kind of) click here.

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