Synonym:  Aster racemosus  Elliott
     Synonym:  Aster vimineus Lamarck

              

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Perennials.  Stems are solitary or clustered from a caudex, or from long rhizomes; straight to often arching at the summit; glabrous below, becoming pubescent in lines upward.  Typical height is 2 to 3+ feet.

Branches are widely spreading to ascending, the longer ones often recurved at the tip.  Branch inflorescences are raceme-like, sometimes with a few secondary branches.  Flower heads are distributed along most of branch lengths, often 1-sided and  congested.

Flower heads are radiateRay florets are white. Disc floret corollas are bright yellow, turning reddish with age. Disc corolla lobes are ascending, slightly less than half the length of corolla limbs (see image below).  Involucral bracts are well-appressed. Dark green zones vary from oblanceolate to diamond-shaped.  Peduncles tend to be short and leafy-bracted.

Basal leaves are usually withered by flowering.  Stem leaves tend to be lance-linear, reflexed, much longer than branch leaflets.  Branch leaflets are linear to narrowly elliptic.  Leaves generally are mostly glabrous.

Plants of roadsides, old fields, open disturbed sites, damp to more often dry; espcially where competition is rather sparse.   Flowers late August to early October.  Native..

Similar species include Symphyotrichum lateriflorum and S. ericoides.

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