Synonym:  Aster concolor  L.
     Synonym:  Virgulus concolor  ( L. ) Reveal & Keener

              

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Perennials.  Plants produce 1 or more stems from a woody caudex.  Stems are ascending to sometimes reclining, densely, silky-pubescent throughout.  Typical plant height is 1.5 to 2.5 ft. (5 to 8 dm).

The overall inflorescence is very narrow and elongate, not usually much branched.  Stems bear numerous, closely spaced flower heads borne on short peduncles.  Ray florets are blue-violet, pistillate and fertile.  Disc florets are whitish (cream color), turning purple with age, bisexual and fertile.  Involucral bracts are lance-ovate to lanceolate, densely covered with long, silky hairs.  Dark green zones are broad, diamond-shaped (rhombic), confined mostly to the tip of the involucral bracts.

Basal and lower stem leaves are often deciduous by flowering.  Mid- to upper stem leaves are erect, lance-ovate or elliptic, clasping stems without petioles, and densely covered with long, silky hairs.

Plants of open or open-wooded sites, sandy soils, pine barrens; restricted to coastal areas.  Flowers mid-September to mid-October.  Native..

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