New York Aster

Family: Asteraceae (Compositae) (The Sunflower Family)

Genus: Symphyotrichum | Species: novi-belgii

Description: This common late-summer branching plant has narrow leaves and numerous flower heads with violet-blue ray flowers surrounding a yellow center (center comprised of disk flowers). The leaves are 2-6″ long, oblong to linear-lanceolate, with the upper leaves partly clasping the stem. The entire plant can be anywhere from 8 to 36 inches high. [perennial]

Habitat: Shores, damp thickets and meadows;

In Bloom: July – October