Photographer: Sue R. Crispin
Aster longifolius Lam.
long-leaved aster, long-leaved blue aster
Aster: from the Greek aster, "a star," describing the radiate heads of the flowers
longifolius: longus for "long, extended;" folius for "leaves"
|Status: ||Special Concern|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1/2' - 4' tall forb with long, creeping rhizomes|
|Flower: ||head 3/8"-1" wide with 20-50 blue rays; inflorescence of a few to several heads in open, leafy clusters|
|Leaf:||mostly along the stem, stalkess and usually clasping, long and narrow, lance-like, 7 to 9 times as long as wide|