Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (L.) G.L.Nesom
Family: Asteraceae
Michaelmas daisy, New England aster
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae image
Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Aster: from the Greek aster, "a star," describing the radiate heads of the flowers
Plants: stiffly erect, perennial, 1'-7' tall forb with clustered stems
Leaves: mostly along the stem, dense, usually entire, strongly clasping, mostly broadly-oblong to lance-like
Flowers: head 3/4"-1 1/2" wide with 45-100 purple to rose rays, disk orange; inflorescence of a few to many heads in leafy, short clusters; blooms Aug.-Oct., our latest flowering aster
Fruits: dry seed with dense, fluffy pappus
Habitat: full to partial sun; moderate moisture to moist; meadows, prairies; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native