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

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