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Aster (New York)

Aster novi-belgii
Aster (New York)


They are found in wet fields, along shores and roadsides.


They have many small, light purple flowers with yellow centers bunched on top of a branching stem. The leaves are long, thin and pointed. They bloom July through October.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

  • Flower Type: Regular flower with 7+ petals -- composite
  • Flower Color: light purple petals (rays), yellow center
  • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
  • Plant Type: Wildflower
  • Leaf Type: Leaves lance-shaped and slightly toothed

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