Fleabane is a common native plant. A bit of research showed this lowly plant to be native to most of the US. Further research finds Erigeron all over the world in warm climates, either native or naturalized. USDA Plant Files revealed almost 200 identified species. A xeriscape plant, there are perennial and annual varieties.
Erigeron spp. 5/5/2010
As I searched to see where this plant is native, I found it native to most of the US if not all, perhaps introduced and naturalized in Hawaii. Many countries it is either introduced centuries back, or native. Some of the names I found for various Erigeron species:
Jin Long Dan Cao
vergerette du Canada
Is Erigeron known to you?
I found the following paper to be very informative about the uses of Erigeron in folk medicine of various countries and the possibility of new cures. When we get to chemical composition and cellular level, my eyes may glaze over. It is a very interesting thesis.
Thesis on Erigeron canadensis (synonym Conyza canadensis LINN.)
Then I found this presentation by Rufino Osorio on Horticultural and Ecological Roles of Common Wildflowers in Home Landscapes presented to the Florida Native Plant Society in 2009.
There are two Erigerons in the above slideshow and many other plants that some of us grow.
What started out as a few words about some pics I took yesterday almost became a Slow Blog post.