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Asteraceae / Aster
Heath Aster, Hairy White Oldfield Aster (Symphyotrichum pilosus)
Heath Aster, Hairy White Oldfield Aster is also known as Heath Aster. Formerly considered: Aster ericoides var. platyphyllus, Aster ericoides var. villosus, Aster juniperinus, Aster pilosum, Aster pilosus var. platyphyllus, Aster ramosissimus, Aster villosus.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 150cm in height (59inches). The entire plant is usually pilose.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Leaves can reach 4cm in length (1.5inches). Each leaf is entire. The upper leaves are narrow.
Flowers: The flowers have numerous parts and are up to 1.5cm wide (0.6 inches). They are white. Blooms first appear in late summer and continue into late fall.
Habitat: Fields, borders and waste places.
Range: All of eastern and midwestern U. S.

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Older books will list this member of the Aster family in the genus Aster and are likely to include as separate species one or more of the three varieties. This is a very common Aster. Not showy except up close, it is often considered a weed.

Similar Species: Rice Button Aster (Symphyotrichum dumosum), more commonly know as Bushy Aster, is very similar when its flowers are white instead of lavender. The flowers are slightly larger and there are more longer leaves on the upper stem and branches. The leaves are rough and the bracts have green tips but are not sharp pointed.

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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.

Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

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