Symphyotrichum concolor (Aster c.) silvery Aster Asteraceae   ASCO; R (DeCandido 2001);

Aster concolor.Mary Walker. Copyright © 2014 New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newengandwild.org. (Accessed 11/2014).

Aster concolor.Mary Walker. Copyright © 2014 New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newengandwild.org. (Accessed 11/2014).

Symphyotrichum concolor is a perennial herb 30-100 cm tall, stem often unbranched, usually finely hairy. 

Leaves alternate, to 5 cm long, 1.5 cm wide, elliptic, lower leaves falling early, upper leaves stalkless, base broad, slightly clasping stem, tip pointed, margins entire. 

Flowers in small, daisy-like heads, rays blue-purple, 8-16, about 1 cm long, bracteate base of flower head 0.5-0.9 cm long, bracts in several rows, tips green (see Asteraceae); blooming and fruiting Aug.-Nov. 

Fruit dry, 1-seeded, achene, with tuft of hairs (pappus), wind dispersed. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Dry sandy soil, pine or oak barrens.