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Bline Bessie

What It Is
An account of everyday notions and expressions that stand happily on their own merits of lyrical quaintness and simplicity.
Our Objective
Is to preserve a legacy and share the joy of sitting on the front porch in hear the music of the words and the charm of rhetoric that recall a simple time full of metaphor, rustic practices, and homegrown beliefs.


Daisy Fleabane

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.

Daisy 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.

An 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.

Daisy Fleabane
Erigeron strigosus

Family: Aster (Asteraceae) 
• 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.


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Last Updated 09/23/10