Photographer: Merel R. Black
Aster pilosus Willd.
awl aster, frost aster, hairy aster, white old-field aster
Aster: from the Greek aster, "a star," describing the radiate heads of the flowers
pilosus: pilosus for "soft, hairy"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-5' tall forb; stems usually hairy|
|Flower: ||stalked head 1/2"-3/4" wide with 16-35 white rays; bracts (phyllaries) minutely spine-tipped; inflorescence very open, loose, widely-branched, leafy clusters; blooms Aug.-Nov.|
|Leaf:||lower leaves usually falling off with age; upper leaves stalkless, linear to lance-like|
|Habitat: ||full sun; dry; prairies, disturbed sites; in sandy, gravelly soil|