Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Aster laevis L. var. laevis image
Photographer: Theodore S. Cochrane           

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll
Family Asteraceae
Aster laevis L. var. laevis
smooth aster, smooth blue aster
Aster: from the Greek aster, "a star," describing the radiate heads of the flowers
laevis: smooth, free from hairs or roughness
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall, usually hairless, waxy forb; stems reddish; usually from short rhizomes
Flower: head 2/3"-1" wide with 15-30 blue to purple rays, bracts (phyllaries) with a long, dark-green tip; inflorescence with a few to many heads in open clusters; blooms Aug.-Oct.
Fruit:dry, smooth seed often with a reddish, fluffy pappus
Leaf:mostly along the stem, thick, stiff, larger leaves less than 5 times as long as wide, stalkless to claspingleaf drawing
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, woods; in sandy, loamy soil
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Aster laevis L. f. amplifolius (Porter) Fernald
Aster laevis L. f. latifolius (Porter) Shinners
Aster laevis L. f. purpurascens (Farw.) Shinners
Aster laevis L. var. amplifolius Porter
Aster laevis L. var. falcatus Farw.
Aster laevis L. var. falcatus Farw. f. purpurascens Farw.
Aster laevis L. var. latifolius Porter
Aster laevis L. var. thyrsoideus Farw.
Symphyotrichum laeve (L.) A.Löve & D.Löve
Symphyotrichum laeve (L.) A.Löve & D.Löve var. laeve

         
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