Pioneering hero…

It’s easy to see Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) when on a walk through the city or parkland, along any areas with some barren spaces. The plant has a profusion of tiny white flowers and seems to grace my pathway along a walk on the pebbled pathway at the edges of Lake Michigan’s lakefront.  It’s tendancy to fill the voids of empty soils  defines it’s label of being a “pioneer species“. It grows where land was previously distrubed by fire or construction or demolition. It actively helps replenish earth’s ecosystems.  Daisy Fleabane is a species that can be considered a local, native, hero in the plant world. To learn about Prairie Species click here. Copyright 2020 Pamela Breitberg
Daisy Fleabane grows easily in full to partial sun, in soils of almost any composition,  in all contiguous 48 states. Though it grows prolificly it is not a weed, but rather should be considered a welcome native flower that can find areas of abandon and grace it with restorative life. Copyright 2020 Pamela Breitberg

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