Synonym:  Aster spectabilis  L.

              

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Perennials.  Colony-forming  from rhizomes.  Robust plants may also form tufts of closely-spaced stems.  Stems become more densely pubescent and glandular upwards toward flowering branches.  Typical height is 6 to 30 in. (15 to 75 cm).

The terminal and branch inflorescences are in the form of a corymb, with flower heads clustered at the tips of branches on short peduncles.

Flower heads are radiateRay florets are blue-violet to purple, pistillate and fertile.  Disc florets are bright yellow, bisexual and fertile.  Involucral bracts are in several series, the outer smaller than the inner; the tips often spreading outward.  The involucral bracts are covered with minute, stalked glands.

Basal leaves may be present at flowering.  Stem leaves become progressively smaller upward. 

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

Plants of open woods and roadsides, generally on sandy soil; mostly a coastal plain species.  Flowers mid-August to late September.  Native.

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Similar species:  Eurybia radula.

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