Symphyotrichum sericeum (Vent.) G.L. Nesom

Silky Aster

Aster sericeous plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Aster sericeous stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Involucre - No info. yet.

Aster sericeous involucreInvolucre.

Ray flowers - No info. yet.

Disk flowers - No info. yet.

Aster sericeous flowers

Flowering - August - October.

Habitat - Rocky glades, rocky prairies, loess hills.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This showy little species can be found mainly in the Ozarks of Missouri but is also found in the extreme northwestern portion of the state. The plant is easy to identify because of its soft silvery leaves and habitat. It is really an unmistakable plant. S. sericeum has quite large flowers for the overall size of the plant. It would make an interesting garden species.
Sericeus means "silky."

Photographs taken in Eminence, MO., 10-12-03.