Showy aster is threatened in Connecticut.
- Synonyms: Aster spectabilis
- Family: aster (Asteraceae)
- Habitat: dry, sandy woods and clearings, especially in pine barrens near the shore
- Height: 1 to 2 feet
- Flower size: flowerheads 1 to 1-1/2 inches across
- Flower color: bright violet rays around a yellow disk
- Flowering time: August to October
- Origin: native
A good identifying mark for showy aster is the sticky, spreading bracts beneath the flowerheads.