Symphyotrichum firmum (Nees) G.L.Nesom
Family: Asteraceae
glossy-leaved aster
Symphyotrichum firmum image
Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Aster: from the Greek aster, "a star," describing the radiate heads of the flowers
Plants: erect, perennial, 2' - 8' tall forb, stems often with fine lines of hairs; forming colonies from long, creeping rhizomes
Leaves: crowded, light green, often shiny, mostly entire, stalkless, slightly clasping, lance-like to oblong
Flowers: head 3/4""-1 1/2" wide with 30-60 pale blue to white rays; inflorescence dense, branched clusters with many leaves; blooms Aug.-Oct.
Fruits: dry, smooth seed
Habitat: moist; swamps, fens
Conservation Status: Native