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fleabane,any plant of the genus Erigeron, widely distributed herbs of the family Asteraceae (asteraster
[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called wild asters, and for a related plant more correctly called China aster (Callistephus chinensis
..... Click the link for more information. family), especially abundant in temperate and mountainous regions of North America. The flowers, ranging from white to pink and purple, resemble daisies or asters, hence many of the common names, e.g., the daisy fleabanes (E. ramosus, strigosus, and sometimes other species), widespread weeds, and the beach aster, or seaside daisy (E. glaucus), of the Pacific coast. The eastern E. pulchellus is called robin's-plantain. Other similar composites are sometimes also called fleabane. Fleabane is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information. , class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
(Pulicaria), a genus of plants of the family Compositae. The plants are annual or perennial herbs. The anthodia are gathered in racemose or peltate clusters. There are approximately 50 species in Europe, Asia, and Africa, primarily in the Mediterranean countries. In the USSR there are five species. Fleabane (Pulicaria prostrata) grows in moist meadows, along the banks of rivers and lakes, in ditches, in irrigation ditches, and along roads. It is a folk remedy used for intestinal disturbances and as a remedy against fleas (hence the name). P. odora is cultivated as a vegetable.
Sometimes the name “fleabane” also refers to flea plantain (Plantago psyllium), the seeds of which are called flea seeds.