Symphyotrichum tenuifolium (Aster tenuifolius ) perennial salt-marsh aster Asteraceae ASTE; Bx, pb; Q, j; K, m; R, (DeCandido 2001), ml (Torrey 2017);



Symphyotrichum tenuifolium (annual salt-marsh aster).© 2002 Eleanor Saulys.© 2015 Connecticut Botanical (Accessed 11/2016).

Symphyotrichum tenuifolium is a perennial herb, 20-70 cm tall, stems zigzag, plants colonial from a thin rhizome. 

Leaves alternate, few, 4-15 cm long, 0.1-0.5 cm wide, linear, fleshy, reduced upwards to bracts, the lower soon deciduous. 

Flowers tubular, of two types; ray flowers 15-25, blue to pink, 0.4-0.7 cm long, in heads with basal bracts (involucre) 0.6-0.9 cm long, bracts membranous, tips sometimes greenish, inner bracts often purplish; inflorescence branched, heads solitary, on stalks with small, linear bracts. 

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Salt marshes, quiet tidal areas.