|Scientific Name||Symphyotrichum pratense (Aster pratensis)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||SYPR7|
|Common Name||Meadow Aster, Barrens Silky Aster||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||522238|
|Description||Habitat: Woodland edges and openings, thickets; sandy or sandy loam soils.
Plant: Erect perennial up to 20 to 32 inches tall, slender, stiff stems, slightly hairy; branched in upper portions.
Leaves: Along upper portions of branches by flowering time, alternate, sessile, oblong-lanceolate, 1/2 to 1-1/4 inches long, covered with tiny hairs; pointed tips.
Inflorescence: Composite flower heads atop branches, each about 1-1/2 inches across, with 15 to 25 purple or violet rays; 16 to 34 disk florets, cream or white turning darker; broadly-lanceolate, green, leafy phyllaries with pointed tips and hairy edges.
Blooming Period: September to November.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and SEINet.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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