Aster, Calico

Aster lateriflorus
A 1-4' plant with arching or wide spreading branches. The sessile, lance-shaped leaves are usually toothed, and leaves on the side branches are small. The small 2/5" flowers arise from the upper side of the branch. The 10-12 rays are white (rarely purplish). The yellow disc turns purple with age and both colors are often present at the same time, accounting for the name "calico". Bracts are flat, lance-shaped and have green tips. Blooms August-October in fields, open woods, roadsides.