Philadelphia fleabane is a native Mississippi wildflower in the sunflower family (Asteracea) and it looks just like a small feathery daisy or aster. I found these plants growing at the edge of one of the flower beds (that hasn’t been weeded in a while).
Fleabane can be found growing throughout much of the United States and Canada. This wildflower is biennial or perennial and grows to be a couple of feet tall with multiple flowers. It prefers full sun with moderately moist soil that drains well and flowers in the spring and summer.
Wildlife that use fleabane include deer and rabbits, which will feed on it, and lots of insects use the pollen or nectar including butterflies, bees and moths which pollinate fleabane.
Most people probably consider this flowering plant to be a weed, but it struck me as a nice addition to my yard. Although it’s not where I would like it to be at the moment, I am planning to dig it up and transplant it.
I have noted that some sources consider this plant to be an invasive weed in certain areas of the country. I’ll have to keep a close eye on it to see how it grows in my garden.
More information on Philadelphia fleabane:
- Read the USDA plant profile: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=erph
- Read the USDA plant guide: http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_erph.pdf
- Read the Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erigeron_philadelphicus