A low-growing woodland Aster with very large, sharply pointed leaves so closely alternated toward the top of the stalk beneath the flowers as to appear as though they were whorled. The flowers often have a scrawly, bedraggled appearance that gives the plant an untidy effect. The somewhat hairy and zigzag stalk grows from one to three feet high. It is generally naked below with the great, drooping leaves which spread from the crowded top in a ragged circle. The thin-textured, coarsely toothed leaves are broadly oblong, tapering at the apex and narrowing into a wedgelike base. The flower heads, few or several, are an inch or an inch and a half broad. The long, narrow rays, numbering from twelve to eighteen, are white or purple tinted and surround the purple-stained centre of tubular yellow florets. The flowers are set on long, slender stems that spread just above the clustered leaves. This striking Aster is found only in cool, rich, moist woods from Labrador to Ontario and New York, and southward along the Alleghanies to Georgia, from July to October.