Synonym:  Aster ciliolatus Lindl.
     Synonym:  Aster lindleyanus Torr. & A.Gray

              

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Perennials.  Plants produce 1 or more stems from rhizomes or a branched caudex.  Stems are pubescent throughout.  Typical plant height is 2 to 4 ft. (6 to 12 dm).

The overall inflorescence is rather open, with several spreading to ascending branches.  Flower heads are not arranged one-sided along branches, and are not congested.

Flower heads are radiate.  Ray florets are pale blue-violet, pistillate and fertile.  Disc florets are pale yellow, turning reddish with age, bisexual and fertile.  Involucral bracts are appressed to slightly spreading (esp. outermost), linear-lanceolate, the tips tapering to a long, slender point, sometimes tinged with purple, glabrous.  Dark green zones are confined mostly to the midveins of the involucral bracts.

Basal and lower stem leaves may be present at flowering.  When present, they are ovate, with bases that are rounded, truncate or nearly heart-shaped, and taper to a long, winged petiole.  Stem leaves are similar, but blades taper to shorter, broader winged petioles.

Plants of woods, open woods, clearings and roadsides; distributed northwards within our region.  Flowers mid-August to mid-September.  Native..

 

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.Similar species:  Symphyotrichum cordifolium.

 

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