Erect daisy-like plant of summer. Flower heads about
1/2 to 3/4 inches wide, with 50 to 100 white to
pinkish ray flowers, and many yellow disc flowers in the centers. Stem leaves
have coarse teeth and do not clasp the stem. Stem hairs stick out.
A native preferring open areas. Common along trails and the Riverway,
and in the butterfly meadows.
Fleabanes are easily
recognized by their daisy-like flowers with a large number of very narrow
rays. Robin's plantain (E.
pulchellus) has somewhat larger flowers, usually pink to blue or violet,
but sometimes white, and most of its leaves are basal. It
blooms in the spring. Common
fleabane (E. philadephicus) also blooms in the
spring, and its leaves clasp the stem. Daisy
fleabane (also called lesser daisy fleabane) (E. strigosus) blooms
in the summer along with this species. Its leaves mostly
lack teeth, and its stem hairs lie closer to the stem. Oxeye daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)
also blooms in the summer, but has fewer, wider rays.