Fleabane Pulicaria dysenterica native butterfly flower

A native butterfly flower. Although originally used to banish fleas, fleabane is attractive to some of our smaller butterfly species. It grows in wet areas and marshes. As the picture shows, flies also visit the flowers. Flies still have a role to play in the wildlife garden as many of our birds live on them; robins, wrens, hedge sparrows, tits and swallows all eat insects.

Name: Fleabane

Latin: Pulicaria dysenterica

Family: Daisy family

Origin: Native