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American Aster

Aster displays clusters of small, daisy-like flowers in late summer or early fall. The pale-blue to purple ray florets (petals) branch out from a round yellow cluster of disc florets. The plants range in height from 1-4 ft and are found in grassy and damp areas.

Could it be? Many North American plants are commonly known as Aster; the height, flower color, and shape of leaves will vary depending on the variety.

Did you know? Recent research indicates that most of the asters growing in North America are not native but have been introduced from Europe or Asia.

See Also: Black-eyed Susan, Gaillardia, Philadelphia Fleabane, Prairie Coneflower, Prairie Sunflower, Tufted Fleabane