American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Erigeron, having variously colored, many-rayed, daisylike flower heads.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several composite plants, so called from their supposed power of destroying or driving away fleas. The common fleabane of England is Pulicaria dysenterica, or sometimes
P. vulgaris, and the blue fleabane is Erigeron acris. In the United States the common fleabane is Erigeron Philadelphicus, the daisy-fleabane is E. strigosus or E. annuus, and the marsh-fleabane is Pluchea camphorata. In Jamaica the name is given to Vernonia arborescens.
- n. Any of various plants of the genera Inula (especially I. dysenterica) or Erigeron (especially E. acre).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) One of various plants, supposed to have efficacy in driving away fleas. They belong, for the most part, to the genera Conyza, Erigeron, and Pulicaria.
- n. common North American weed with linear leaves and small discoid heads of yellowish flowers; widely naturalized throughout temperate regions; sometimes placed in genus Erigeron
- n. any of several North American plants of the genus Erigeron having daisylike flowers; formerly believed to repel fleas
- n. hairy perennial Eurasian herb with yellow daisylike flowers reputed to destroy or drive away fleas
- From flea + bane. (Wiktionary)
“Our fleabane is a troublesome weed at times, but good husbandry has little to dread from it.”
“Mentha pulegium, also called fleabane, is the most well-known of these.”
“Bird's-foot trefoil and bugloss, poppies and cornflowers, fumitory and fleabane – there were about 20 species all in bloom and, aside from the great surge of colour, the highlight for me was the bumblebees, mainly common carder and red-tailed bumblebees, that trafficked through the flowers all day long.”
“The now pan-global weed Canadian fleabane arrived in Europe in the seventeenth century in the stuffing of a bird imported from North America," we're told.”
“By now the four of us were stumbling through a rolling pasture of daisy fleabane in full bloom.”
“The babies look good now, we have a very thuggish fleabane that is quite the weed, so I am hoping this little one likes it here too.”
“In the next bed were the medicinal herbs she used in potions for sick folks: squaw weed, hepatica, goldenseal, ginseng for the brain, jewelweed for poison ivy rash, wolf milk for warts, and fleabane and pale hergamot, which Granny would rub on her face and arms to keep off mosquitos and gnats.”
“Purple martins go so far as to line their nests with plants like wild carrot and fleabane that contain natural parasite-killers.”
“As many as 30 different species grow, among them Alpine bartsia Bartsia alpina, Alpine bistort Polygonum viviparum, Unalaska fleabane Erigeron humilis and thick-leaved whitlow grass Draba crassifolia.”
“The place was smelly at this time of year; she was expected to bind bunches of dried fleabane to keep pests at bay, and she was nundinae behind because she hated the job.”
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