Aster sericeus Vent.

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Aster sericeus Vent.

  • Description

    Species Description - Stems clustered on a short branched caudex, brittle, wiry, 3–7 dm, ± branched upwards, thinly sericeous, or glabrate below; lvs sericeous, entire, the basal oblanceolate and petiolate, but these and the ones on the lower half of the stem soon deciduous, the others sessile but only slightly or not at all clasping, lanceolate or lance-ovate to oblong or elliptic, to 4 × 1 cm; heads several or many in a widely branched corymbiform or paniculiform infl, often clustered toward the branch-tips; invol sericeous, 6–10 mm, its broad, acute bracts several-seriate but seldom much imbricate, their leafy tips often loose or spreading, the larger ones mostly 1.5–3 mm wide; rays 15–25, deep violet to rose-purple (white), 8–15 mm; achenes glabrous, closely 8–12-nerved; 2n=10. Dry prairies and other open places; Mich. to S.D., s. to Mo. and Tex., and irregularly e. in Tenn.

  • Common Names

    western silvery aster