Symphyotrichum ciliolatum (Lindl.) A.Löve & D.Löve
Family: Asteraceae
fringed blue aster,  more...
[Aster ciliolatus Lindl.,  more]
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Etymology: Aster: from the Greek aster, "a star," describing the radiate heads of the flowers
Plants: erect, perennial, 1/2' - 4' tall forb, stems mostly hairy, often in lines near the top
Leaves: usually lower leaves stalked, with heart-shaped bases, sharply toothed, obvious veins, the lower side hairy; upper tapering to a winged stalk and often toothless leaf drawing
Flowers: head 1" -1 1/2" wide with 12-25 blue rays, loose bracts (phyllaries) slightly spiraling; inflorescence usually less than 50 heads in open, branched clusters
Habitat: woods, clearings
Conservation Status: Native
- Leaf bases cordate

- Leaf margins toothed

- Petioles prominently winged

- Underside of leaves sparsely pubescent, not sand papery (vs. S. drummondii)

- Hairs in lines on upper portion of stems only (vs. S. drummondii)

- Rays blue (vs. S. urophyllum)

- Inflorescence open, with many branches

- Most similar to: S. urophyllum, but w/ blue rays and a more open inflorescence
- Leaf bases cordate

- Leaf margins toothed

- Petioles prominently winged

- Underside of leaves sparsely pubescent, not sand papery (vs. S. drummondii)

- Hairs in lines on upper portion of stems only (vs. S. drummondii)

- Rays blue (vs. S. urophyllum)

- Inflorescence open, with many branches

- Most similar to S. urophyllum, but w/ blue rays and a more open inflorescence
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