Family, Composite. Color, white, with a purplish tinge. These are flowers, sometimes weeds, much like the asters, but with finer, softer, more numerous rays. Annual, 1 to 4 feet high, with softly hairy, stout-branched stem bearing the rather large flowers in loose corymbs near the ends of the branches. Leaves, coarse and large below, toothed, ovate, on a margined petiole. Those above ovate or linear, becoming at length bracts. May to November.
In dry fields West and South. (See illustration, p. 137.)
Daisy fleabane (Erigeron annuus)
This may be known from the last by its generally entire leaves, which, with the stem, are almost smooth. Upper leaves scattered, lance-shaped; lower, broader. Heads with longer white rays than the last. June to October.
Fleabanes, when dried and hung inside the house, were once considered poisonous to insects. Fields, common as far south as Virginia.