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Frost Aster (Awl Aster)
Symphyotrichum pilosum (Aster pilosus)

The asters with small, white flowers can be tricky to identify. For help distinguishing the species, we recommend the web site Asters of New England.

• 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

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Symphyotrichum pilosum
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

Last updated January 28, 2012. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.