Four fleabane flowers with thready petals

Fleabane Family

I love the wispy petals on these fleabane blossoms!

Four fleabane flowers with thready petals

Fleabane got its name because folks believed it would ward off fleas. Sadly, it does not.

Even so, I appreciate its delicate blooms showing up in my flower garden in OCTOBER!!!

I’m enjoying it this fall, but will it return next year? I have no idea!

Is it an annual or a biennial? I’m not sure!

I’ve attempted to find out exactly what kind of fleabane it is, but I’m having a hard time of it. The petals are a delicate shade of lavendar that isn’t picked up by my phone camera.

Could it be rough fleabane? Philadelphia fleabane? Daisy fleabane?

My best guess is that it’s daisy fleabane, a native annual. It’s quite happy where it’s growing, and I’m hoping it reseeds and spreads.

Whatever type of fleabane it is, it’s part of the aster family along with daisies, sunflowers, and even dandelions.

These asters bloomed nearby last month.

White Autumn Asters

What is it that makes an aster an aster? Aster blooms are actually composites — the center disc is composed of hundreds of tiny flowers clustered together, and each petal surrounding the disc is a flower as well. That’s a ton of flowers in one bloom!

Our Extended Family

Followers of Christ are part of a ginormous family as well, one that spans the globe.

We have something in common that binds us together.

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 

Galatians 3:26 NLT

Our faith does not rest in our church leaders, our political structure, or in our own strengths and abilities. Our faith lies in who Jesus Christ is and what he has done.

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

Ephesians 1:4-7

Our faith is the identifying mark, leading to a strong family resemblance in how we live before the world.

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

1 John 4:7-8

Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.

1 Peter 3:8

Thought question for the day: Is your family resemblance apparent to those you spend time with throughout the week? If not, what’s getting in the way?

I am excited to share a new creative outlet of mine! I have begun designing printables for you to download that lead you through intentional time with Jesus.

I use my own photographs in all of my printables. If you like my pictures, it’s another way to get them for yourself!

Two printable pages available for download

Check out my Etsy shop, PrintsbyLauri, to see what I’ve created for you!

New items are already in the works, so stay tuned . . .

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