Symphyotrichum shortii (Lindl.) G.L.Nesom
Family: Asteraceae
Midwestern blue heart-leaved aster, Short's aster
Symphyotrichum shortii image
Etymology: Aster: from the Greek aster, "a star," describing the radiate heads of the flowers
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb
Leaves: usually toothless, lance-like to narrowly-oval, top not rough, stalk not winged, lower leaves mostly with a heart-shaped base leaf drawing
Flowers: head 1"-1 1/2" wide with 10-20 blue rays, bracts (phyllaries) tight; inflorescence loose, branched, sometimes-arching cluster of heads with many leaf-like bracts
Conservation Status: Native
- Leaf margins entire

- All leaves petiolate, petiloes not winged

- Underside of leaves w/ longer hairs, upperside mostly hairless (vs. S. oolentangiense)

- Leaf surfaces not rough (vs. S. oolentangiense)

- Phyllaries hairy (vs. S. oolentangiense)

- Most similar to S. oolentangiense