Common Fleabane, Erigeron philadelphicus, is a common medicinal wildflower. It has been used medicinally for diarrhea, childbirth, coughs, hemorrhages, eye sight and even as a poison ivy remedy. It was also used in a kinnikinnick mixture for pipe smoking.
Common Fleabane Sources:
Audubon Guides Box Set – Birds, Tree, Wildflowers & Mammals. Computer Software.Green Mountain Digital. Version: 2.3. Web. Jul 10, 2014.
Foster, Steven and James A. Duke. The Peterson Field Guide Series; A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America. 2nd. ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000. Print. pg. 184
Hamel, Paul B. and Mary U. Chiltoskey. Cherokee Plants and Their Uses- A 400 Year History. North Carolina: Herald Publishing. 1975. Print. pg. 35
Herrick, James William. Iroquois Medical Botany. Ph.D. Thesis, New York: State University of New York, Albany 1977. Print. pg. 231
Moerman Daniel E., Native American Ethnobotany, Portland: Timber Press. 1998. Print. pg. 219
Newcomb, Lawrence. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1977. Print. pg. 382-383
United States Department of Agriculture. Natural Resources Conservation Services. Web.
I am so glad I tripped upon your sight. I have had a plethora of Fleabane and now I know what it is, thanks to your site. I also appreciate the information on Hemlock, easily confuse with Queen Anne’s Lace.
I am a Master Gardener in Arkansas. Happy Gardening to you!
Hi Terry, I’m glad I could help. Happy gardening to you as well!
Does fleabane attract birds, bees ets.? I want to keep if so.. I want to dedicate a section of my yard for. them.
Marie Sanson says
What part of the common fleabane is used for medicine? I have it growing in my yard and would like to beable to use it.
Love your website. So much useful information and helpful in helping to identify plants and their copycats.
Just identifying a weed I see a lot. Fleabane