The asters - distinguished, often handsome, members of the Composite Family - seldom bloom before August. They are essentially a fall flower, mingling their bright purple or blue or white rays tastefully with the golden-rods and sunflowers. They grow with us everywhere, and being, with few exceptions, perennials, reappear year after year in their own chosen haunts. The disks are yellow, sometimes turning to brown or purple. Asters grow upon the stems and branches variously, sometimes in close bunches, or in corymbs or loose panicles. Many species are subject to great variations, and they run into one another. They vary in size from small buttons to a silver half-dollar. The name means a star.

Aster macrophyllus

Family, Composite. Color, white, or sometimes with a bluish tinge. There are many white asters, and some of those of a blue or purple color vary to white. By attention to stem, leaves, and locality, most of them can be classified. This species has a stout stem, 2 or 3 feet high. Leaves, rough, serrate, the lower with long petioles, heart-shaped, very long and broad. Upper sessile or with short petioles. Heads of flowers in large, firm corymbs.

Open woods and thickets.