Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family
Eastern Silver Aster is also called One-Color Aster
Plant is an upright, smooth to hairy perennial with an underground stem from which new growth emerges. Preferred habitat is roadsides and the margin of pine woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are alternate on the stem, smooth and silky to the touch; upper leaves clasping and lower leaves stalked; no teeth and no lobes or slightly toothed; tapers to the tip with sides less than equal. Leaf base is wedge-shaped or sometimes graduating to a narrow point.
Flowers are in bundles at the end of a stiff stem; sometimes spaced but usually in tight clusters; symmetrical in form. Disc flowers are bisexual and purple. Ray flowers are female, numerous, and also purple. Flowering season is the summer and extending into early autumn.
Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it.