Synonym:  Aster linariifolius  L.

              

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Perennials.  Stems are 1 or more from a short, woody rhizome, tuft-forming; glabrous toward the base, becoming densely short-pubescent upwards.  Typical height is 6 to 18 inches.

Inflorescences are flat- to round-topped, with few flower heads on leafy peduncles; located mostly at the summit of the stem.

Flower heads are radiateRay florets are pistillate and fertile; blue-violet, varying to nearly white.  Disc florets are bisexual and fertile; corollas are yellow, turning magenta with age.  Heads are usually nodding in bud.  Involucral bracts are in several series of unequal length; appressed.

Basal leaves are absent at flowering.  Stem leaves are linear or narrowly oblanceolate, with 1 main vein and untoothed margins; glabrous, sometimes papillate, stiff; alternate, sometimes congested.

Cypselae are densely pubescent with appressed hairs.  Pappus is of minutely-barbed bristles in two series, a very short outer series and a much longer inner series.

Plants of old fields, open woods; generally open disturbed sites, often on dry, sandy or rocky ground.  Flowers late August to late September.  Native.

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