Fringed Blue Aster
(formerly Aster ciliolatus)
Other common names:
Ciliolate Aster, Lindley's Aster|
Other scientific names:
Aster ciliolatus, Aster lindleyanus, Aster maccallae, Aster saundersii, Aster subgeminatus, Aster wilsoni, Aster wilsonii, Symphyotrichum subgeminatum
Composite Family (Asteraceae)
Lower leaves look like a cross between those of Heart-leaved Aster and Arrow-leaved Aster. Flowers have long pale blue rays, and are sparsely arranged. Stem smooth. Fields.
Heart-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium)
Purple-stemmed Aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum)
Large-leaved Aster (Eurybia macrophylla)
Azure Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense)
Arrow-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum urophyllum)
Summer, Autumn; Blue/Violet; 7 or more parts (petals); 2.5-3cm in diameter. Ray flowers: 16, long, pale to deep blue. Disc flowers: 20-35, yellow becoming purple. Flowers sparse in arrangement.
Alternate, Simple; Sort of heart-shaped lower on the stem. Easily confused with Arrow-leaved Aster and Heart-leaved Aster. Lance-shaped and smaller higher up on stem.
Up to 1 m (1-3 ft)
Forests, Fields and Open Areas; Open woods and meadows in poor soils. The photos on this page were taken along an old railway embank.
Grows in Sun/Shade:
This is a hard Aster to identify for the novice. It resembles several other Aster species. A novice might be better off leaving this species till they have more experience.
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