Synonyms:  Aster ptarmicoides Torrey and A. Gray;  Solidago asteroides  Semple
    Synonym:  Oligoneuron album (Nuttall) G.L. Nesom

              

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Perennials.  Plants produce 1 or more stems from a branched caudex.  Stems are glabrous toward the base, but become pubescent upwards.  Typical plant height is 6 to 18 in. (1.5 to 4.5 dm).

The inflorescence consists of a terminal (per stem) corymb.  Though sometimes numerous, branches tend not to be very congested.  Branches are short and ascending, few headed.

Flower heads are radiate.  Ray florets are white, pistillate and fertile.  Disc florets are white, or nearly so, bisexual and fertile.

Basal and lowermost stem leaves may be present at flowering.  Stem leaves are narrowly lanceolate, ascending.  Most leaves partially sheath stems.

Plants of open sandy or rocky places, ledges, prairies with thin soils (often calcareous).  Flowers late July to late August.  Native.

Note:  This species looks like an aster, and was considered such for many years, but is more closely related to goldenrods.

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Similar species:  Sericocarpus asteroides

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