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Smooth Fleabane

Erigeron glabellus
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Habitat: Meadows, gravelly banks, roadsides, disturbed areas, moist open areas in grasslands, mountains and open woods.

Description:  Leaves found primarily at base of the plant, dark green, smooth or with short hairs.  Flowers with over 100 bluish pink or white florets on the flower.  Center disk is yellow, and hairy with a green center.

Size: Up to 60cm tall.

Fun Facts: The smoke of burning dried fleabane keeps insects away!

Source: Wilkinson, K. Wildflowers of Alberta: A Guide to Common Wildflowers and Other Herbaceous Plants.  1999.  University of Alberta Press and Lone Pine Publishing.

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Alfalfa Sulphurs
Colias eurytheme

Habitat:  The Alfalfa Sulphur can be found throughout southern and central Alberta from May to October.

Description:  Also known as the Orange Sulphur, the Alfalfa Sulphur looks very similar to other Sulphur butterflies but can be distinguished by three small dots on each of its underwings.  The tops of their wings however are orange.

Size:  35-40 mm

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