A dainty, pleasing species of extremely varying habit, favouring the shaded portions of well-drained woodlands and thickets, but often found along dusty roadsides. The slightly zigzagged, brittle, green stalk rises from one and a half to two feet high, and branches irregularly at the top. It is often streaked with a red or purplish stain. The thin-textured, rather smooth, slender-stemmed leaves are broadly lance-shaped, and have long, sharp, tapering points. The margins are coarsely and irregularly nicked with sharp, spreading teeth. They are broader and heart-shaped at the stem toward the base of the stalk. The flowers are loosely arranged in a broad, flattened, and repeatedly forked top. The few yellow disc florets finally turn to brown. The thin, narrow, white ray flowers number from six to twelve, and are occasionally tinted. This Aster is one of the earliest to blossom, and ranges from Canada to Manitoba, Georgia, and Tennessee, from August to October.
WHITE WOOD ASTER. Aster divaricatus.