Spreading Fleabane (Erigeron divergens), family Asteraceae
Ah the fleabanes. The name of course is obvious, they were once thought to repel fleas. And we cannot verify that for sure, was it an old wives tale? Something borne of fact? What we do know for sure about these plants is that they are quite hardy for the delicate look they display. Drought resistant, once they are established, they need very little water. The key to identifying these plants is that the growth is in clumps or groups. Another charactaristic is that the leaves and stems of the Spreading are quite hairy. The genus includes something like 390 species with a generous distribution of members in North America; 173 to be found there. USES: The Native Americans known as the Kiowa considered these plants to be omens of good luck or fortune. They would keep the plants in the house to make a good atmosphere. Navajo and Ramah used the species for: snake bite, aid delivery of baby, headaches treated by snuff, cold compound used as eyewash, used as life medicine.
Plant location: Foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado on June 6, 2008
Bloom season: A generous season, these can be found open for enjoyment during the spring, summer, and fall months. Foliage