Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Aster shortii Lindl. image
Photographer: Robert W. Freckmann           

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black
Family Asteraceae
Aster shortii Lindl.
Midwestern blue heart-leaved aster, Short's aster
Aster: from the Greek aster, "a star," describing the radiate heads of the flowers
shortii: for Charles Wilkins Short (1794-1863)
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb
Flower: head 1"-1 1/2" wide with 10-20 blue rays, bracts (phyllaries) tight; inflorescence loose, branched, sometimes-arching cluster of heads with many leaf-like bracts
Leaf:usually toothless, lance-like to narrowly-oval, top not rough, stalk not winged, lower leaves mostly with a heart-shaped base leaf drawing

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Flora of North America (off site)
Aster camptosorus Small
Aster shortii Lindl. f. asper Shinners
Aster shortii Lindl. f. candidus Benke
Aster shortii Lindl. f. gronemanni Benke
Aster shortii Lindl. var. monroei Benke
Symphyotrichum shortii (Lindl.) G.L.Nesom

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