Photographer: Christopher Noll
Aster prenanthoides Muhl. ex Willd.
crooked aster, crooked-stem aster, zigzag aster
Aster: from the Greek aster, "a star," describing the radiate heads of the flowers
prenanthoides: like Prenanthes derived from Greek prenes for "face downward" and anthos for "flower"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 8"-40" tall forb; stems often with zigzagging, hairy lines; from creeping, colony-forming rhizomes|
|Flower: ||head 3/4"-1 1/8" wide with 20-35 blue to pale purple rays; inflorescence of several to many heads in open clusters with a few leaves|
|Fruit:||dry seed with lines of hairs on yellowish, fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||mostly along the stem, spoon-shaped, toothed, narrowing before the flaring, widely winged, clasping base|
|Habitat: ||moist to moderate moisture; meadows, woods, streambanks|