Connecticut Plants
Frost Aster (Awl Aster)
Symphyotrichum pilosum (Willd.) Nesom
  • Synonyms: Aster pilosus
  • Family: aster (Asteraceae)
  • Habitat: dry fields and roadsides, often in sandy soil
  • Height: 1-4 feet
  • Flower size: flowerheads 1/2 to 3/4 inch across
  • Flower color: white rays around a yellow disk that ages to reddish
  • Flowering time: July to October
  • Origin: native
Symphyotrichum pilosum (Willd.) Nesom

The disk flowers at the center of the flowerheads open yellow, but turn reddish after they are pollinated. This trait is shared by many asters.

Symphyotrichum pilosum (Willd.) Nesom