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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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Vesper Sparrow
Pooecetes gramineus
Light colored legs, white eye ring, and white outer tail feathers.  It is the only sparrow with a light brownish red patch on its shoulder.  Males and females look very similar.
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