Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Prairie Fleabane (Rough Fleabane) (Erigeron strigosus): Images

Date Location Notes Images
July 4, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire I profiled Eastern Daisy Fleabane at the start of June and I wanted to profile Prairie Fleabane, but always had difficulty telling them apart. The flowers look very similar. One of the main differences is that Eastern Daisy Fleabane will often grow up to 5 feet tall while Prairie Fleabane tends to grow up to 2 to 2-1/2 feet tall. In addition, the leaves of Prairie Fleabane are sparse on the stem and they are much thinner -- usually less than 1 inch wide. The stems hairs for Prairie Fleabane are appressed and therefore much less noticable than the hairs for Eastern Daisy Fleabane. The lower (basal) leaves of the Prairie Fleabane are more spatula-shaped. The quickest way to tell the difference is the smaller height, thinner and sparser leaves and appressed stem hairs.
Date Location Notes Images
June 15, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire