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PlantFiles: Annual Fleabane, Eastern Daisy Fleabane
Erigeron annuus

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Erigeron (er-IJ-er-on) (Info)
Species: annuus (AN-yoo-us) (Info)

Synonym:Stenactis annuus

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral steadycam3 On Jan 12, 2011, steadycam3 from Houston Heights, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I am unsure as to whether the Fleabane I have is this particular one. The flowerheads on mine are smaller than pictured here and may start out lavenderish before turning to white. However the leaves pictured here look the same as mine. They are wildflowers here in my yard but I have captured some and planted some seed. They make a great show early in Spring when nothing but the wood sorrel is blooming.

Positive RosemaryA On Jun 22, 2009, RosemaryA from Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

The dainty flowers smell like honey.

Neutral melody On May 4, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A common roadside weed in our parts. It can become invasive if left alone.

It has a pretty flower and is attractive to insects and bees.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Iowa City, Iowa
Benton, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Laurel, Maryland
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Cole Camp, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Middlesex, New Jersey
Millersburg, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Crossville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia

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