Asteraceae / Aster
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Similar Species: Potato Dwarfdandelion (Krigia dandelion) is a
perennial which has basal leaves only. It has numerous bracts.
Western Dwarfdandelion (Krigia occidentalis) is an annual which seldom reaches more than 20cm (8") in height and
has no more than eight bracts on each head. It is rare and found in the western part of our area in dry open places.
Mountain Dwarfdandelion (Krigia montana) is a perennial with alternate stem leaves that may be crowded at the
base of the stem. It has a single peduncle from leaf axils. It
is found in moist, often rocky places.
Cynthia, Krigia biflora is similar to K. montana but can have several peduncles. It is
found in rich woods, sometimes meadows.
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.
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.
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves