Synonym:  Aster infirmus

              

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Perennials.  Stems are usually solitary, relatively thin, bent at the nodes above, glabrous toward the base; becoming finely short-pubescent upwards.  Typical plant height is 2 to 3 feet (6 to 9 dm).

Inflorescences are relatively few-flowered, the flower heads located mainly near the summit of the stem.

Flower heads are radiateRays are white, pistillate and fertile; disc florets are pale yellow, bisexual and fertile.  Involucral bracts are in several series, the outer bracts shorter than the inner.  Midveins are somewhat raised, the dark green patches restricted to a narrow band along the midveins.

Basal and lower stem leaves are often withered by flowering.  Stem leaves are elliptic, narrowed to a point at both ends; the largest at midstem; resembling leaves of some dogwood (Cornus) species.

Plants of deciduous woods on thin, well-drained soils.  Flowers mid-July to mid-August.  Native.

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