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Connecticut Plants
Stiff Aster (Bristly Aster)
Ionactis linariifolia (L.) Greene

Stiff aster gets its name from its stiff stems and stiff, needle-like leaves.

  • Synonyms: Aster linariifolius, Ionactis linariifolius (L.) Greene
  • Family: aster (Asteraceae)
  • Habitat: dry clearings, rocky slopes
  • Height: 6-18 inches
  • Flower size: flowerheads 3/4 to 1 inch across
  • Flower color: pale blue-purple rays around a disk that starts yellow, then turns red-orange
  • Flowering time: September to October
  • Origin: native
Ionactis linariifolius (L.) Greene
Ionactis linariifolius (L.) Greene
Ionactis linariifolius (L.) Greene

Stiff aster growing in a rock garden.