(formerly Aster lateriflorus)
Other common names:
One-sided Aster, Small White Aster, Starved Aster, White Woodland Aster|
Other scientific names:
Aster lateriflorus, Aster diffusus, Aster vimineus, Solidago lateriflora
Composite Family (Asteraceae)
Long horizontal branches. Sparse flowers.
Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides) - Leaves much smaller and more numerous, flowers very numerous.
Arrow-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum urophyllum) - Leaves are larger, branches are upswept.
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Summer, Autumn; White; 7 or more parts (petals); 1cm or less in diameter. Ray flowers: 8-15, white. Disc flowers: 8-16, yellow or pink becoming purple or brown. Flowers are scattered along branches. Flowers grow along the upper side of the branch.
Alternate, Simple, Entire; Similar to Panicled Aster, but smaller: elongated lance-shaped.
30-80 cm (11-31 in)
Long horizontal branches spread out from main stem.
Fields and Open Areas, Meadows; Fields. Often found at the edge of a field, such as along trails, in slightly shaded locations.
Grows in Sun/Shade:
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 456
Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 96
This is a very common Aster. It is common along roadsides and field edges. It's fairly easy to recognise.
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