Symphyotrichum cordifolium (L.) G.L.Nesom
Family: Asteraceae
common blue heart-leaved aster, common blue wood aster
Symphyotrichum cordifolium image
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 hairless below the inflorescence
Leaves: thin, stalked, oval, sharply toothed, with deep heart-shaped bases leaf drawing
Flowers: stalked heads 2/3"-3/4" wide with 8-20 blue to purple rays; inflorescence dense, conical, branched clusters
Habitat: woods, clearings
Conservation Status: Native
- Leaf margins with coarse teeth

- Leaf bases deeply cordate

- Petioles without wings or very narrowly winged (<1mm)

- Rays light purplish-blue

- Most similar to S. urophyllum, but with purplish-blue heads and more clearly toothed leaves