Synonym:  Aster dumosus  L.

              

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Perennials.  Stems are solitary or clustered from a caudex, or colony-forming from long rhizomes; sometimes arching at the summit; glabrous below, becoming short pubescent upward.  Typical height is 2 to 3+ feet.

The overall inflorescence is often peaked; branches are largest below, becoming progressively shorter upwards.  Flower heads are often distributed along much of branch lengths in one-sided order.

Flower heads are radiateRay florets are white or bluish.  Disc floret corollas are bright yellow, turning reddish with age.  Lobes of disc corollas are short and ascendingPeduncles are highly variable in length, sometimes quite longInvolucral bracts are appressed; dark green zones are diamond-shaped or tapering gradually toward the base.

Basal and lowermost stem leaves are withered by flowering. Stem leaves are linear to narrowly elliptic, with short-pointed tips.  Branch leaves are quite small, linear to narrowly elliptic, widely spaced.

Plants of old fields, open woods or open disturbed sites, often sandy.  Mostly coastal or coastal plain   Flowers late August through October.  Native..

 

Similar species include Symphyotrichum pilosum and S. lanceolatum var. lanceolatum.

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