FLEABANE, Erigeron annuus
You probably recognize this cheerful looking weed, ubiquitous in this area from late Spring to mid Summer. Erigeron is a large and diverse genus of plants in the aster family. Easily recognizable with its daisy-like flowers. Fleabane produces seeds readily and disperses them easily by wind and rain.
Control: Fleabane control presents somewhat of a problem because of the plant’s taproot; however, however if you can pull from the root when the plant is less than 12 inches you will have better luck. As with most unwanted weeds, the key is to remove before they go to seed. Most experts suggest covering the plant with a plastic bag while pulling to prevent seed scatter, and placing pulled Fleabane in the trash can (not the compost pile).
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