Asteraceae or Sunflower Family
Flower heads consisting of a cluster of central
yellow disc flowers surrounded by white ray flowers.
Leaves narrow, sharp-pointed. Many small leaves in the
inflorescence. Plant 1 to 5 feet tall. Blooms in the
Plant of field, meadows and roadsides. Uncommon in the
Park, in open areas.
Easily distinguished from the other asters in the Park by the
pure white flowers and the leafy inflorescences.
Panicled aster is somewhat
similar, but has larger flowers and wider leaves. Calico aster (S. lateriflorum) has fewer rays and wider leaves.