||Thick-stemmed plant, 2-8 feet tall. Stems
red, hairy. Flowerheads with a yellow cluster of disc
flowers and many narrow blue-violet, pale violet or lilac
(rarely white) ray flowers. Entire head 1 to 1.5 inches
across. Lightly toothed leaves narrow gradually to a base
that clasps the stem. Blooms in the fall.
of swamps and wet places. In Wildwood can be found in the
wet ditches along the bikeway.
There are many asters in the Park and they are difficult to
tell apart. The reddish stems and wet habitat of this
species make it one of the easier ones to identify. The
similar crooked-stemmed aster (Symphyotrichum
prenanthoides) is shorter, has zigzag stems and leaves that
flare out at the clasping base and likes somewhat drier