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Aster divaricatus

Common Name of Species: White Wood Aster
Family: Asteraceae
  


Entry Author:  C. Friedl, Muhlenberg College
Description: 
White wood aster can be identified by its characteristic deep green, stalked, heart shaped leaves; as well as its tendency to grow in colonies and in the woods.
Leaves: 
Lower leaves are heart-shaped, coarsely toothed, stalked and 2- inches in length.  Upper leaves tend to be smaller and less heart shaped and toothed than the lower leaves.
Flowers: 
Flat topped clusters of white flower heads.  Head is 1 inch wide, with 6-10 rays.  Central disk yellow to bronzy-purple.  
Stem: 
Stems often grow in a zigzagging pattern.   
Branching Pattern:  
Leaves grow alternate to one another.
Height: 
12-40 inches tall.
Conditions/Habitat: 
Typically grows in open, dry woods; preferably in well-drained soil, although can survive in wet soil as well.  Possibly may also thrive with small amounts of disturbance, because it tends to grow near paths and other frequently populated areas.
Range: 
Common through the Appalachian Mountains range. 

References:
Niering, W.A., Olmstead, N.C, & Thieret, J.W. (2001). National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers Eastern Region (Revised Edition).  New York: Random House Inc.

Newcomb, Lawrence (1977).  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide.  New York: Little, Brown.
     

McKenny, M. & Peterson R.T. (1996). Peterson Field Guides: Wildflowers Northeastern/ North-central North America. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

USDA, NRCS (2004). Plants Database, Version 3.05 (http://plants.usda.gov).  National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874 USA.



     

This page was created by: C. Friedl, Muhlenberg College
Last updated 11/10/05