Galinsoga quadriradiata

Common Names: Fringed quickweed, shaggy soldier, Peruvian daisy, hairy galinsoga
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Aster family

This is an annual herb which varies in appearance. The main stem reaches anywhere from 10 to 60 centimeters in height and may branch or not. The petioled leaves are oval and serrated and are covered in a coat of soft hairs. The small flower heads are up to 1 cm wide and have rounded center filled with many disc florets usually in a shade of bright yellow. There are five white ray florets widely spaced around the center, each an oval shape with one or two deep notches in the end. The fruit is a small achene with a large pappus.

Habitats include abandoned fields, roadsides, gardens, edges of yards, vacant lots, areas along buildings, and waste areas (especially urban). Disturbed areas that are left unmowed or are sparingly mowed provide ideal habitat.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
Edible Notes: The leaves are edible raw or cooked. Care must be taken to not confuse them with the unrelated, but visually similar Tridax procumbens which is poisonous.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.