Blue Fleabane (Erigeron acer)

Dave has found some Blue Fleabane at the nature reserve. It’s a British wildflower that is sometimes used to treat toothache or arthritis (this is not a suggestion! Any weird stuff you do with flowers, you do at your own risk!). Its scientific name is Erigeron Acer, although Blue Fleabane is also known as Bitter Fleabane and Purple Fleabane.

It flowers usually between June-August which makes our find a little late, but as you might know from the Devon floods the weather has only recently dried out properly, and Blue Fleabane prefers dry land, so perhaps this makes sense!

If you’re interested then we have had a number of British wildflowers spotted in recent months.

Blue fleabane

Photo by Richard Lawrence on Flickr.

British Wild Flowers at Lower Bruckland

Dave has been putting together a list of all of the different British wild flowers that we have here at the nature reserve. Next stop is getting some photos of all of these…

  • Buttercup
  • Yellow Rattle
  • Bugle
  • Cowparsley
  • Black Knapweed
  • Pignut
  • Yarrow
  • Hogweed
  • Thistle
  • Lesser Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • Selfheal
  • Greater Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • Hemp Agrimony
  • Common Fleabane
  • Wild Carrot
  • Water Mint
  • Rosebay Willowherb
  • Great Willowherb
  • Marsh Woundwort
  • Teasle
  • Perforate St Johns Wort
  • Marsh St Johns Wort
  • Fools Parsley
  • Oxeyed Daisy
  • Reed Mace
  • Ragged Robin
  • Herb Robert
  • Figwort
  • Sneezewort
  • Garlic Mustard
  • Treacle Mustard
  • Fools Watercress
  • Yarrow
  • Fennel
  • Common Vetch
  • Purple Loosestrife
  • Meadow Sweet
  • Marjoram
  • Meadow Clary
  • Foxglove