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Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) - 04
(Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) - 04) There are about 75 varieties of fleabane, which vary in height from eight inches to over two feet, and come in a variety of colors from the white daisy fleabane to magenta and violet.  The fleabanes in this series resemble the meadow fleabane, which is a Western wild flower, but since these fleabanes were photographed in the East, we have not classified them. Note the leaf structure and hairy stem with the flower cluster on top.
Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) - 01
(Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) - 01) The fleabane photos in this series were taken on the lake side of our home.  Most people seem to want to classify wildflowers as "weeds" and eliminate them from their lawns.  To us, the beauty of this opening bud forestalls any such conclusion.  Much of our lawn is covered with a large variety of wildflowers, which we allowed to grow and develop naturally. We selectively string trim to maintain a neat appearance, which also seems to enhance the beauty of the wild flowers.
Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) - 02
(Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) - 02) There is special beauty in this closer look at the fleabane buds atop the stem.  Fleabanes are members of the Composite or Aster family.
Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) - 05
(Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) - 05) As the fleabane begin to open, we can observe the several layers of petals that surround the central core of the flower.  We are filled with a sense of awe and wonder as we marvel at the diversity, detail, and splendor of God's creation.
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(Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) - 06) By the latter part of May most of the fleabane flowers have opened, giving splashes of colored contrast to the green background of our lakeside yard.
Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) - 07
(Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) - 07) When we first observed this early spring fleabane flower, we thought it was a daisy fleabane, but the only ones we could find in the literature were all white, including the buds; thus, since this bud is pinkish, we have not classified it.
Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) - 08
(Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) - 08) The yellow blotches of the out of focus cinquefoil in the background lend an ethereal look to this fleabane photo.   It's all part of the beauty of God's creation, which we should strive to preserve.

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