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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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28 April, 2016

Blue Fleabane; blowing in the wind

Blue fleaabane (Erigeron acris) is a rather insignificant flower, the heads are quite small and do not attract your attention like many of the daisy family do. That said, it carries all the hallmarks of the daisy family, just smaller!
The flowers have a central 'core' suurounded by a ring of narrow petals which then go on to produce small thistle-like seed heads and that spread quickly in the wind. Indeed, where you do find them you will usually find a small colony together. In my experience they like bare patches where there is little competiton and they are often found alongside stony paths in on the heaths and woodlands of the Poole basin.
Blue Fleabane; blowing in the wind