Aster novae-angliae. Composite Family. Aug. - Oct.
Most striking of the asters; found in swamps, roadsides, moist ground. Maine, westward and southwest. Like the golden-rods, the number of different species of asters, with their intergrading forms, is so great as to render their identification difficult, even for the experienced botanist.
Rays 40 - 50, light purple or violet, disk yellow.
Lance-shaped, toothless, clasping stem by a broad base. Plant stem stout, branched, rough.
New England Aster.