Symphyotrichum lowrieanum  (Aster lowrieanus) smooth heart-leaved aster Asteraceae ASLO; Bx, pb;

   

Aster lowrieanus.Janet Novak.www.ct-botanical-society.org (Accessed 11/2014).

Aster lowrieanus.Janet Novak.www.ct-botanical-society.org (Accessed 11/2014).

Symphyotrichum lowrieanum is a perennial herb, about 50 cm tall, from a short rhizome, similar to A. cordifolius but hairless. 

Leaves alternate, very smooth, often somewhat fleshy, with a waxy bloom, stalk winged, blade narrower, less lobed at base, sometimes stalkless (sessile) and lanceolate. 

Flowers in small, daisy-like heads, rays blue, disc flowers yellow, turning red-purple, bracts of flower head green; blooming Aug.-Oct. 

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

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Upland woods.