Daisy Fleabane – Erigeron annuus

Daisy Fleabane
Daisy Fleabane

On a day of strong winds lashing fields,
a tiny lynx spider takes refuge in an unopened bloom
of daisy fleabane, but as the day blows on,
fleabane’s upright petals flatten out and expose him
to the force of air that bends fleabane
to the limits of its stem…

 

By John Caddy

 

This native of North America can be found in fields, along roadsides, in thickets, and open woods. Ancient Europeans believed that this plants aroma would repel fleas. It would be used as a strewing herb for this purpose. Starlings are known to line their nests with fleabane, it is believed they do this to repel mites.

The Ojibwa Indians used the smoke from burning this plant to attract deer during the hunt, and they added it to their kinnickinnick smoking blends.

The Ojibwa also used this plant as a diuretic, to treat hemorrhages, and the spitting of blood. The Cherokee used it to treat menstrual problems and to treat eye problems. They also used a decoction of the roots for colds, coughs, and headaches.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Karol,
    Each day I look forward to your posting. So refreshing to see our beloved herbs, amongst all the other electronic overload.
    I really love and respect your philosophy & vision – it is allied with mine. At times I feel a bit of a ‘lone voice in the wilderness’ and then to see your daily ‘bite of Nature’ inspires me.
    So often we follow our heart & write/do the work we are passionate about, regardless of knowing how many people will read it or better still be touched by it…
    Sending you my deep appreciation for your commitment to ‘reminding people’ of the magnificence and beauty of the plants on our beautiful planet!
    Love & Blessings to you,
    Karina

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  2. Karina
    Thank you so much for your comment…you appear to know how much it means to hear and see that others notice what you do! I went to your site, can’t wait to get my hands on your book! Congratualtions for getting published!

    Karol

    Reply

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