Symphyotrichum praealtum

willowleaf aster, veiny lined aster
Family

Asteraceae

Leaf Arrangement

alternate

Leaf Attachment

sessile

Leaf Margin

entire

Leaf Type

simple

Leaf Shape

linear, elliptic, lanceolate

Growth Form

forb

Flower Color

blue, purple, white

Flower Petals

many

Flower Month

September - November

Milky Sap

No

Armed/Unarmed

Unarmed

Origin

native

Lifespan

perennial


Wetland Class

FACW

Field Characters

Only aster with distinctive net veins on undersides of leaf (reticulate). Few teeth on willow like leaves. Leaves and stems hairy.

Animal Use

Serves as a special value to native bees.

Habitat

Savannahs, wet woods, meadows, prairies and old fields.