(formerly Aster sagittifolius)
Other common names:
White Arrowleaf Aster|
Other scientific names:
Aster sagittifolius, Aster hirtellus, Aster urophyllus
Composite Family (Asteraceae)
Leaves are sort of arrow-shaped, without a deep cleft at base. Branches sweep upward, close to main stem.
Heart-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium) - Leaves larger and more heart-shaped.
Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum) - Same habitat, smaller plant, horizontal branches, smaller leaves.
Large-leaved Aster (Eurybia macrophylla) - In the woods; flower head is flat-topped; leaves are much larger.
Azure Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense)
Summer, Autumn; White; 7 or more parts (petals); 1.5cm in diameter. Ray flowers: 8-15, usually white, sometimes pale pink or bluish. Disc flowers: 8-20, yellow becoming purple. Flower heads are a panicle shape. Many flowers are arrayed along upward sweeping branches.
Alternate, Simple; Sparse, arrow-shaped, but in the form of a spear point, not the form of -> or <-. Narrowly egg-shaped and shallowly toothed. Leaf stalks (petioles) winged. Lower leaves may be somewhat heart-shaped. Lower leaves are the largest.
40-100 cm (15-39 in)
Smooth to somewhat hairy. Side branches are upward sweeping.
Fields and Open Areas, Meadows; Forest edges or dry open areas of woods. Widely distributed in southern Ontario.
Grows in Sun/Shade:
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 454
Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 354
This Aster grows on the edges of forests. It is most easily confused with Heart-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium), which often grows very near or in the same area. It can also be confused with Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum) by the novice.
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