|Scientific Name||Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (Aster ericoides)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||SYER|
|Common Name||White Heath Aster||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||522202|
|Description||Habitat: Various soil types in prairies, open and disturbed areas.
Plant: Colony-forming upright single-stemmed, much-branched perennial from rhizomes, up to 40 inches tall, main branches arching or reclining and bearing many short flower-bearing branchlets.
Leaves: Midstem leaves usually withered by flowering; upper and branchlet leaves linear to oblong, 3/8 to 3/4-inch long, sessile, grayish green, usually hairy surfaces and margins; branchlet blades appressed (pressed closely to the stems).
Inflorescence: A few to many small white composite flowers crowded along one side of the branchlets, each about 1/2-inch across and with 10 to 18 white rays and 6 to 12 yellow disk florets becoming brown; involucre is cylindrical to bell-shaped, phyllaries in a series of 3 to 4, unequal in length.
Bloom Period: July to December.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi, Flora of North America and SEInet.
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