Connecticut Plants
Lowrie's Aster
Symphyotrichum lowrieanum (Porter) Nesom
  • Synonyms: Aster lowrieanus
  • Family: aster (Asteraceae)
  • Habitat: woods
  • Height: 12-36 inches
  • Flower size: flowerheads 1/2 to 3/4 inch across
  • Flower color: rays blue-purple to almost white; disk yellow aging to red-purple
  • Flowering time: August to October
  • Origin: native
Symphyotrichum lowrieanum (Porter) Nesom
Symphyotrichum lowrieanum (Porter) Nesom

Lowrie's aster is similar in overall appearance and habitat to heart-leaved aster, but they can be distinguished by the leaves. Leaves of Lowrie's aster are very smooth to the touch and they have winged petioles -- that is, the leaf continues down the leaf stalk to the point where it joins the stem. Heart-leaved aster has hairy leaves, and the leaves generally do not have winged petioles.