Stem. - Stout, from three to five feet high, branched, hairy. Leaves. - Coarsely and sharply toothed, the lowest ovate, the upper narrower. Flower-heads. - Small, clustered, composed of both ray and disk-flowers, the former white, purplish, or pinkish, the latter yellow.
During the summer months the fields and waysides are whitened with these very common flowers which look somewhat like small white daisies or asters.
Another common species is E. strigosus, a smaller plant, with smaller flower-heads also, but with the white ray-flowers longer. The generic name is from two Greek words signifying spring and an old man, in allusion to the hoariness of certain species which flower in the spring. The fleabanes were so named from the belief that when burned they were objectionable to insects. They were formerly hung in country cottages for the purpose of excluding such unpleasant intruders.