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Common Name: Philadelphia Fleabane
Erigeron philadelphicus is a Biennial/Perennial up to 0.70 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Contact with the plant can cause dermatitis in sensitive people[
Most areas of N. America - Labrador to British Columbia, south to Florida and California.
]. Fields and woods[
]. Low prairies and streambanks, often on calcareous clays[
|Pollinators||Lepidoptera, bees, Apomictic
Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[
]. Plants succeed in maritime gardens[
]. Plants grow in calcareous and clay soils in the wild[
Plants produce masses of seed and often self-sow freely when in a suitable position[
]. They have become weeds in many areas of the orld[
Very few members of this genus will hybridise with other members of the genus[
A tea made from the plant is astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic and emmenagogue[
]. It is used in the treatment of chronic diarrhoea, gout, gravel, epilepsy and menstrual problems[
]. A poultice of the plant is used to treat headaches and is also applied to sores[
]. It should not be taken by pregnant women since it can induce a miscarriage[
A snuff made from the powdered florets is used to make a person with catarrh sneeze[
Seed - sow spring in situ. The seed usually germinates within four weeks.