Aster, Frost-weed/ Heath Aster

Aster pilosus
A wide-branched 2-5' plant with a stem that may be hairy. The paddle-shaped basal leaves are toothed and blunt tipped. The stem leaves are linear to lance-shaped and smooth-edged, while the branch leaves are awl-shaped. Since the 1/3-3/5" flowers are very numerous and the branch leaves small, little green shows when the plant is in bloom. The flowers arise from the upper side of the branches and each has 15-25 white rays. The slender bracts have green tips. Blooms September-November in dry fields, roadsides.