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Dwarf Fleabane is a rather non-descript little weed that has uninteresting flowers. It stands out from other vegetation by the greyish appearance of its finely branched foliage. The small flowerheads of this species resemble those of Conzya canadensis (Horseweed), except the tiny ray florets of the latter species are white. Horseweed is usually tall (up to 6') and little branched, although dwarf specimens of this species can occur in dry areas with sterile soil. Even a dwarf specimen of Horseweed can be distinguished from Dwarf Fleabane by its greener foliage and the presence of a central stem with spreading white hairs. Dwarf Fleabane has only short appressed hairs and lacks a central stem.

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Source: Illinois Wildflowers

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