One of the very commonest of the late-flowering Asters of the Atlantic States, and also an extremely variable species. The slender stalk is usually much branched, generally smooth, and grows from one to three feet high. The long, smooth thin-textured, narrow leaves taper gradually to a slender point, with entire or slightly toothed margins. The upper ones partly clasp the stalk, and are somewhat heart-shaped. The lowest ones have stems. The numerous flower heads are an inch or so broad, and are loosely grouped in a somewhat flat-topped arrangement. From fifteen to twenty-five light blue or violet, or rarely white, rays surround the yellow centre. The New York Aster is found in swamps, chiefly near the coast, from Newfoundland to Maine and Georgia, during August, September and October. There are a number of varieties of this species several of which have been described, but as they are still more or less confused, they have been disregarded in this description.
NEW YORK ASTER. Aster novi-belgii.