Aster, bushy

Aster dumosus
A 3’ tall, somewhat weak-stemmed plant with wide-spreading branches. The stem leaves are narrow and have neither stalks nor teeth. The branchlets bear numerous tiny, bract-like leaves and are tipped with small, ½ - ¾” flowers with white to light lavender rays. The involucral bracts are green spotted and may be flaring or tightly pressed.

The position of the flower heads at the tips of branchlets and the tiny bract-like branchlet leaves distinguish this species from other small headed asters.