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Lowrie's Aster
Symphyotrichum lowrieanum (Aster lowrieanus)

• Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
• Habitat: woods
• Height: 12-36 inches
• Flower size: flowerheads 1/2 to 3/4 inch across
• Flower color: rays blue-purple to almost white; disk yellow aging to red-purple
• Flowering time: August to October
• Origin: native

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Symphyotrichum lowrieanum
Symphyotrichum lowrieanum
Lowrie's aster is similar in overall appearance and habitat to heart-leaved aster, but they can be distinguished by the leaves. Leaves of Lowrie's aster are very smooth to the touch and they have winged petioles -- that is, the leaf continues down the leaf stalk to the point where it joins the stem. Heart-leaved aster has hairy leaves, and the leaves generally do not have winged petioles.

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.