Frost Aster
Aster ericoides, Syn: Symphyotrichum pilosum
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Frost Aster is also known as White Wreath Aster, Squarrose, White Aster and White Oldfield Aster.

Plant is an upright or reclining smooth to slightly hairy perennial. Preferred habitat is woodlands, roadsides and meadows. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are placed alternate on the stem; the upper leaves are tiny, spreading to recurved, widest at the middle, rough above, and tapering to the tip with sides less than equal. The leaf base graduates to a narrow point, or may be wedge-shaped. The margins may have minute teeth. Due to frequent hybridizing the leaf shape may vary; sometimes in the same colony of plants.

The flowers are a panicle (multiple flowers arranged one above the other along the stem and then shorter stems protruding from the main). Disc flowers are bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. The disc flower color may be red or yellow. The ray flowers are all female, numerous, and white. Flowers occur in late summer and early autumn.

Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it (achene).

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