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Canadian Fleabane

Conyza canadensis

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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White, many petals
 
Many-flowered. Small tubular 4-lobed yellow disc florets, yellow-green bracts that are only slightly downy, very short white rays.
Fruit:
Seedhead, white and bristly pappus. Cylindrical and elongated but widest above the middle.
Leaves:
Slender, simple, unstalked, linear leaves. Upper leaves have toothed margins and lower leaves have smooth margins.
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Foraging Notes:
The young leaves are edible when cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Crushed leaves and stems smell unpleasantly like carrot.
Other Names:
Bitterweed, Blood Stanch, Butterweed, Canadian Horseweed, Colt's Tail, Cow's Tail, Fireweed, Hogweed, Horse Tongue, Horseweed, Mare's Tail, Mule Tail, Prideweed.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Farmland, roadsides, sand dunes, towns, walls, wasteland.