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Pest Information

Rough Fleabane

Rough Fleabane

  • Latin Name: Erigeron Strigosus
  • Common Name: Rough Fleabane
  • Other Names: Daisy fleabane, white-tops, prairie fleabane, bristly fleabane

Pest Details

Rough Fleabane
Rough Fleabane


Native to North America, and found throughout southern Canada and all states of the U.S. except for some of the dry Southwest states.


A spring and summer annual or sometimes a biennial, reproducing from seeds. This is an extremely common weed along roadsides and in most disturbed habitats.


An erect plant producing long, thin stems that terminate with groupings of 3 to 5 flower heads. Most of the leaves occur at the base, with only a few along the stem. Very similar to Southern Fleabane, but the leaves of Rough Fleabane are usually entire or with a few teeth or shallow lobes. The flowers are showy and daisy-like, opening very wide and flat, with white to pink ray flowers and yellow disc flowers.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Physical removal of single plants is effective. When found in turf most members of the sunflower family can be effectively controlled with a selective broadleaf herbicide. Prevention of seed germination can be accomplished with a pre-emergent herbicide.

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