Asteraceae or Sunflower Family
Plant 1-3 feet tall. Flowerheads with a yellow cluster of disc
flowers and many narrow blue-violet ray flowers. Entire head 1 to 1.5 inches
across. Leaves weakly toothed towards tip; lower third
toothless. Leaves abruptly narrow near base and then flare
out again to clasp stem. Stem zigazgs from leaf to leaf. Blooms in the fall.
of moist places. Occasional in Wildwood in damp open
places on the slopes.
There are many asters in the Park and they are difficult to
tell apart. The odd leaf shape makes this one fairly
distinctive. The similar
purple-stemmed aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum) is
taller, has red stems and leaves that narrow to a clasping base,
and likes wetter spots.