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Common Name: Heath Aster

Other Names: White Aster, White Prairie Aster

Species Name: Symphyotrichum ericoides

Plant Type: Forb

Family Name: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Across the U.S., except extreme southeast
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout; greatest populations in the western two-thirds



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Small narrow leaves attached directly to branches
    • Many large branches above, no branching below
    • Main stem void of leaves


    • Flowers white, blue, or violet with yellow center
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Linear to oblong
    • Stipules: Absent
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 8-20
    • Flower Color: White (rarely blue or purple) with yellow centers
    • Flower Timing: August-November
    • Fruit Type: Achene



Soil Type Various dry soils
Habitat Upland prairie, old fields, waste areas and edges of open woods
Successional Stage Early; can be found in later stages


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