Synonym:  Aster divaricatus  L.

              

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Perennials.  Colony-forming from rhizomes.  Stems tend to be flexuous; variously glabrous or pubescent.  Typical height is from 2 to 3 feet.

The overall inflorescence is flat- to round-topped.  Branching in robust plants may occur from mid-stem upwards.  Flower heads  tend to be concentrated toward tips of branches in flat-topped inflorescences.

Flower heads are radiateRay florets are pistillate and fertile; rays are white.  Disc florets are bisexual and fertile; corollas are yellow, turning magenta with age.  Involucres tend to be cylindricalInvolucral bracts are in several series of unequal length; margins are densely ciliate; dark green zones tend to be basally truncated; faces are not glandular.

Some basal and lower stem leaves may be present at flowering, but colonies with large numbers of sterile rosettes are rare.  All but upper leaves are heart shaped, with sharply-toothed margins.  All but uppermost leaves are borne on thin petioles.

Cypselae are spindle-shaped.  Pappus is of minutely-barbed bristles.

Plants of woods, clearings, woodland edges and woodland trails.  Becomes infrequent to rare in northern sections of the region.  Flowers through August and into mid-September.  Native.

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Similar species:  Eurybia macrophylla, E. schreberi, Oclemena acuminata and Symphyotrichum cordifolium.

 

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