Saturday, September 20, 2008
100 Species Challenge -- Species #20
Specimen #20 Daisy Fleabane
Photo taken at Fairmeadows Park.
I see this flower frequently during summer cache hunting.
From the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center's _Wildflowers of Texas, Legends and Folklore Part II_:
DAISY FLEABANE (Erigeron spp.)
The genus name, Erigeron, comes from two Greek words
that mean Spring and old man. The flowers, which bloom
in the Spring, were thought to resemble an old man’s beard.
Fleabane was used by early settlers to repel fleas and
other insect pests. It was dried and stuffed into mattresses.
The old English name for this plant was Robin’s plantain
because the seeds were said to have been imported
to Europe in a stuffed bird.
An old wives’ tale says that if a pregnant woman
wants to know the sex of her baby, she should plant
fleabane seeds. If the flowers bloom with a pink
tinge, she will have a baby girl; if blue, a baby boy.