Erigeron annuus

Annual Fleabane, daisy fleabane, white top, tall fleabane, sweet-scabious

Description: winter or summer annual

Place of origin: eastern North America 

Urban habitat: commonly found along roadsides, urban meadows, vacant lots, railroad tracks, in gravel, ditches and floodplains, waste areas; thrives in moist conditions in full sun but will also tolerate dry soils. 

Ecological function: disturbance-adapted pioneer species; food for wildlife. 

History: Native to eastern North America, Erigeron annuus is now found widely throughout the world. The plant was used by Native American tribes to treat a variety of ailments. The common name “fleabane” is from Old English referring to the plant’s odor, which purportedly repels fleas.