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Aster Laevis / Family:
Smooth Blue Aster, Swink/Wilhelm #9
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FLOWERING: Early September to early October.
SEED TIMING: Mid-October to November.
HABITAT: Dry to wet prairie and wood edges.
DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 1 - 3 feet. Leaves are smooth, mostly toothless, thick, stiffish, and partly encircle the stem. Flower is delicate, blue with yellow disk. There are many flower heads.
TO PICK: As with all Asters, each seed or achene has a cottony pappus attached. Entire head can be picked when one seed is fluffy. The rest will ripen in an open brown bag.