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Connecticut Plants
Showy Aster
Eurybia spectabilis (Ait.) Nesom

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
Eurybia spectabilis (Ait.) Nesom
Eurybia spectabilis (Ait.) Nesom
Eurybia spectabilis (Ait.) Nesom

A good identifying mark for showy aster is the sticky, spreading bracts beneath the flowerheads.