(formerly Aster lanceolatus)
Other common names:
Lance-leaved Aster, White Panicle Aster|
Other scientific names:
Aster lanceolatus, Aster hesperius, Aster paniculatus, Aster simplex
Composite Family (Asteraceae)
Open spreading form. Dead stem leaves very curly.
Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides)
Frost Aster (Symphyotrichum pilosum) - Stem very hairy, resembles frost (although there is a variety that is not hairy!).
Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
Summer, Autumn; White; 7 or more parts (petals); 1-2cm in diameter. Ray flowers: 16-47, usually white. Disc flowers: 20-40, whitish to yellowish, turning purple. Flowers spread out, not on one side of the stem.
Alternate, Simple, Entire; Long and narrow, lance-shaped. Dead leaves along the stem tend to be very curly, as in a spiral. Lower leaves usually gone by flowering. The biggest leaves are in the upper middle of the stem.
Up to 100 cm (39 in)
Forests, Fields and Open Areas, Meadows; Moist low areas, open or forested.
Grows in Sun/Shade:
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 456
Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 94
A very common Aster. Identify it by the curly dead leaves.
Origin and Meaning of Names:
Scientific Name: lanceolatus: lance-shaped
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