Of all the
teas, potions and poultices that may have been used it is believed
that binding fresh daisy fleabane to the forehead is a sure cure for
the “Frenzies” which can be quite a scourge among women. Of course
the “cure” is a blessing to men-folks as well.
fleabane is a common wild flower found throughout the United States
and most of Canada. Considered by some to be a weed, but valued in
the folk tradition.
herbaceous plant with alternate simple leaves and green sparsely
hairy stems. Prefers full sun, drier conditions and poor sandy soil
containing clay or stones. Favors disturbed ground. Small bees and
flies are especially attracted by the nectar and pollen.
• Habitat: fields, roadsides
• Height: 1-3 feet
• Flower size: 1/2 inch across
• Flower color: white or pale pink rays around a yellow disk
• Flowering time: June to October
• Origin: native to North America, may be present in Europe as well.