Weeds

Hairy Fleabane

Hairy Fleabane
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A common summer annual of disturbed, unmanaged areas and cultivated fields. The leaves are a gray-green color and about twice as long as they are wide. They are arranged alternately along the stem. The mature plant can reach almost 4 feet in height. It is well-branched from the base. The leaves are covered with short, stiff and long, soft hairs. The upper leaves are lance-shaped, while the lower leaves are egg-shaped. Flowers bloom from June through September. There is one flower head per stalk, but the upper branches contain many flowering stalks. The flower head has a green, cup-shaped base formed by green leaf-like structures. The tiny yellow flowers are surrounded by small, cream-colored bristles. The cream-colored fruiting heads look like the "puffball" of a dandelion, but much smaller. Hairy Fleabane is common across the southern United States.