Asteraceae (Aster Family)
General - stout perennial from long, creeping rhizomes; flowering stems erect, unbranched, 20 cm to one metre high, sparingly leafy, with a short woody base.
Leaves - staggered on the flowering stem; commonly encountered as basal leaves of nonflowering individuals; basal and lower stem leaves egg-shaped to lance-shaped, tapering to a sharp-pointed tip, rounded or heart-shaped at the base, sharply toothed, with long, winged leafstalks which are long and finely hairy-edged.
Flowers - usually in few heads; relatively few (less than 50) flower heads in a cluster; individual flower heads with 12 - 25 blue ray flowers; pink to pinkish-purple or white; appearing late summer.
Fruit -small, linear seeds with bristly hairs; forming a small dandelion-like ball; appearing in late summer to early fall.
Occasional; in fresh to wet forest habitats on both mineral and organic soils. Also along forest margins, in open woodlands, along roadsides, in old fields and clearings.
Differs from Aster macrophyllus, Large-leaved Aster which displays a flat-topped inflorescence and lacks a ciliate, winged leafstalk. Several other Aster species may be encountered in fields and on disturbed ground.
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