Synonym:  Aster ericoides  L.
      Synonym:  Aster multiflorus  Aiton
     Synonym:  Virgulus ericoides  (L.) Reveal & Keener

              

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Perennials.  Colony-forming from long, creeping rhizomes.  Stems are stiff, ascending to erect, densely pubescent, at least from mid-stem upwards; summits sometimes arching.  Typical height is 2 to 3+ feet.

The overall inflorescence is often broadly pyramidal, branching from mid-stem upwards.  Branch inflorescences are ascending or spreadingFlower heads are many, small, very crowded and often one-sided along branches.

Flower heads are radiateRay florets are white. Disc floret corollas are bright yellow, turning reddish to brown with age. The outer series of involucral bracts are abruptly recurved, each tipped with a minute spine.  Dark green zones are lens or diamond shaped.  Peduncles are usually short (to 1 cm).

Basal, lower and usually mid-stem leaves are withered by flowering.  Upper leaves and branch leaves are linear to narrowly elliptic, untoothed, densely pubescent, often tipped by a minute spine.

Plants of dry to mesic, mostly open, disturbed sites; often in sandy or gravelly soils.   Flowers September through October.  Native..

Our plants are Symphyotrichum ericoides (L.) G.L. Nesom var. ericoides

Similar species include S. racemosum and S. pilosum var. pilosum.

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