Synonym:  Aster tenuifolius  L.

              

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Perennials.  Colony-forming from long rhizomes.  Colonies are often diffuse.  Stems tend to be sparsely branched, usually glabrous, sometimes sparsely hairy in lines upwards.  Typical plant height is 1 to 2+ ft.(3 to 6+ dm)

The overall inflorescence is open, few-branched, with few flower heads per branch.

Flower heads are radiate.  Ray florets are white or very slightly bluish, pistillate and fertile.  Disc florets are yellow.  Peduncles are often long (to 4+ cm).  Involucral bracts are in several series, the outer bracts much shorter than the inner bracts.  Bracts are narrow, long-pointed, well appressed, often tinged purple.

Basal and lower stem leaves are deciduous by flowering. Mid- to upper stem leaves are few, narrowly lanceolate or subulate, long-pointed, ascending or sometimes recurved, glabrous, succulent.

Plants of salt marshes and tidal river shores.  Flowers late August to late September.  Native..

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Similar species:  none.


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