27 Juni 2010

The Canadian Fleabane

Canadian fleabane (Conyza canadensis, Synonym: Erigeron canadensis) is one to 1 m high, but rich soil to 1.5 m high, perennial plant of the composite family (Asteraceae). The species name refers to the area canadensis home.

This open, sandy, rough pitches widespread plant has many small 3-5 mm wide heads. These heads are short white (occasionally red) ribbon flowers and yellow tubular flowers.

Each flower head brings thousands of seeds produced, the plant can be easily propagated. The 1-1.5 mm long seeded successfully lint are very light and are thus well dispersed by the wind. Flowering from June until autumn.

The erect, sparsely hairy stem is branched or only on the foot. The elongated, lanceolate, gray green leaves are narrow.

The plant originates from North America. Already in 1665 the species was introduced in Europe.

The plant has since, by its wide distribution strength, spread throughout Europe.

The plant grows easily in sandy and less fertile land. The large number of seeds produced a plant that is easy to root ruderaal site.

Recently can the towns and villages of the Netherlands and Belgium, some other species from the genus Conyza be found, namely high fleabane (Conyza sumatrensis) and flamed fleabane (Conyza bonariensis). In some European cities is also rough fleabane (Conyza bilbaoana) established.

The plant has no ornamental value and is therefore not grown in gardens but contested. This control is best done with the hoe, the plant is tolerant to some herbicides.

In North America was planted by the Navajo Indians used against pimples and against snake poison. The Chippawa used it for menstrual pain.

Herbal medicine has to use an extract from hemorrhoids.

The home infusion pharmacy may be one of two teaspoons of parts of the flowering plant in a cup of water for menstrual pain, uterine bleeding, and diarrhea.

Source: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadese_fijnstraal

See also: Sending Flowers, Online Florist

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