Aster, New England

Aster novae-angliae
A large 2-8' plant with a stout, hairy stem. The hairy, smooth-edged leaves are lance-shaped and clasp the stem. The numerous 1-2" flowers are clustered at the ends of leafy branches and are on sticky stalks. There are about 50 violet-purple rays (occasionally pink). The green bracts are sticky. Blooms August-October in moist fields, roadsides, thickets, often in large, spectacularly colorful clumps. The showiest of our asters.