Small-Headed Aster

Small-Headed AsterThis large family (Asteraceae), commonly called the Aster Family, consists of 1,314 genera and 21,000 species of herbs, shrubs, climbers and a few trees is found chiefly in temperate and subtropical regions. The plants are of value to man as ornamentals; a few are insecticides and fish poisons. The name of this family (Asteraceae) and this genus (Aster) is Greek and means “star” from the radiate heads of the flowers. The name of this species, racemosus, means “resembling a raceme”; a simple flower cluster on a common more or less elongated axis. Small-Headed Aster is found in dry open ground and borders of woods.

OtherCommonName:

ScientificName:

Aster racemosus

Community:

Thicket

PlantStatus:

Native

LifeSpan:

Perennial

PlantHeight:

to 4 feet

FruitingTime:

Late September to November

Distribution:

Maine to Florida ~ Throughout New Jersey

FloweringTime:

Late August to late October

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Colonial by long rhizomes ~ Stems stiff, erect, prominently angles ~ Leaves hairy, linear, slightly toothed ~ Flower on long, stiff, branch, ray flowers white