USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Where Commonly Found: Grasslands, meadows, fields, CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT
How to Identify:
(For unfamiliar words: Wikipedia Glossary of Botanical Terms).
Go Botany Key to Symphyotrichum ericoides.
Missouri Botanical Garden webpage for Symphyotrichum eridoies
Flower Type: Daisy-like, plentiful, compound, scentless, flowers appear in August to September. Each flower is less than 1/2″ across with about 12 white ray florets around numerous yellow disk florets. Numerous needle-like green bracts on the flowering stem give a heath-like appearance.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate leaves on hairy stems that start green and age to brown.
Leaf Type: Linear, smooth edged and often finely pubescent leaves are up to 3″ long and 1/4″ across near the base of the plants and less than 1″ long and 1/8″ across near the flowering stems.
Seed Collection: Little seeds with tufts of white hairs allow wind distribution. Capture seeds in a bag before they disperse.
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
Light: Full Sun
Hardiness Zone: 3 to 10 USDA Zone Map
Soils: Dry to Moist
Notes: Symphyotrichum ericoides (Heath Aster) is a nice, compact, busy aster with stiff heath-like leaves and a profusion of white delicate flowers.
Native to nearly all of the US: Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North America Plant Atlas (NAPA).