A. novae-angliae. - Color, violet purple, often pale, Leaves, 2 to 5 inches long, thin, entire, clasping the stem with heart-shaped bases. Stem, hairy, stout, much branched above, thickly leaved, 2 to 8 feet high, with large heads of showy flowers clustered at the ends of stem and branches. Rays, long, narrow. numerous, often drooping.
Moist ground, in fields and bordering swamps, from Maine-to Quebec, southward to South Carolina, Missouri, and Kansas. One of the finest of our asters, cultivated in many gardens for the beauty of its brightly colored flowers.
A. concolor. - Showy, dark violet rays in heads which make a simple or compound, straight, narrow raceme. Leaves, soft and silky, grayish on both sides, oblong, 1 inch long, crowded and pressed close against the stem, the upper ones small bracts. Stem, 2 or 3 feet high, wand-like, unbranched below the flowers.