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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

49. Asteraceae, the Aster Family

2. Aster L. -- Aster

5. Aster novae-angliae L. -- New England aster


Stout erect perennial 4-10 dm tall, from a short rhizome or caudex; stems usually clustered, spreading hirsute, also finely glandular-pubescent upward. Leaves sessile, lanceolate, 3-7 cm long, 0.8-2.5 cm wide, scabrous or short appressed-hairy on the upper side, more softly pubescent beneath, acute, entire, strongly auriculate-clasping. Heads usually several to many, 1.5-3 cm across; involucre 7-12 mm high, the bracts slender, attenuate, glandular-pubescent, sometimes purplish; rays 45-100, blue-violet to reddish-purple, 1-2 cm long. Aug--Sep. Wet meadows, boggy areas and low prairie; occasional in the e and c parts, scattered w; (MA to ND and WY, s to AL, OK and NM).
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