Stems erect or ascending, stiff, simple or branched above, usually several or many from a single mat of stout, perennial roots; stems slightly rough below and more or less glandular above, 1 to 2 feet high. Leaves thiekish, firm, the basal and lower ones oval, pointed, 3 to 5 inches long, 1 to 11/2 inches wide, sparingly toothed with low teeth, narrowed at the base into slender petioles; upper leaves entire or nearly so, sessile, pointed, linear-oblong; heads several or numerous, about 11/2 inches broad, corymbose, very showy; bracts of the hemispheric involucre linear-oblong or slightly spatulate, glandular viscid, overlapping in about five series, their green, bluntish tips spreading. Ray flowers fifteen to thirty in number, bright violet or violet-blue, one-half to seven-eighths of an inch long; pappus whitish.

In dry, sandy soil, chiefly near the coast, Massachusetts to Delaware. Flowering from August to October.

Memoir 15 N. Y. State Museum

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Seaside Or Low Showy Aster   Aster spectabilis

Seaside Or Low Showy Aster - Aster spectabilis