Erigeron philadelphicus - L.
Common Name Philadelphia Fleabane
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Contact with the plant can cause dermatitis in sensitive people[222].
Habitats Thickets[222]. Fields and woods[235]. Low prairies and streambanks, often on calcareous clays[274].
Range N. America - Labrador to British Columbia, south to Florida and California.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

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Erigeron philadelphicus Philadelphia Fleabane

Erigeron philadelphicus Philadelphia Fleabane
Physical Characteristics
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Erigeron philadelphicus is a BIENNIAL/PERENNIAL growing to 0.7 m (2ft 4in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 2. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Lepidoptera, bees, Apomictic.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.


Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses

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Astringent;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Emmenagogue;  Errhine.

A tea made from the plant is astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic and emmenagogue[222, 257]. It is used in the treatment of chronic diarrhoea, gout, gravel, epilepsy and menstrual problems[207, 254, 257]. A poultice of the plant is used to treat headaches and is also applied to sores[257]. It should not be taken by pregnant women since it can induce a miscarriage[257]. A snuff made from the powdered florets is used to make a person with catarrh sneeze[257].


Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[200]. Plants succeed in maritime gardens[233]. Plants grow in calcareous and clay soils in the wild[274]. Plants produce masses of seed and often self-sow freely when in a suitable position[200, 233]. Very few members of this genus will hybridise with other members of the genus[274].
Seed - sow spring in situ. The seed usually germinates within four weeks.
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Erigeron acer 10
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