Bogs and Acidic Peatlands of Southern New England by Marsha C. Salett
Taxonomy
Aster nemoralis Ait.
ASTERACEAE (Composite Family)
EtymologyAster is Greek for star; nemoralis is Latin for of the woods.
Synonyms (Common Name)Leafy Bog Aster
DescriptionBog aster is a medium-low (to 2' tall) perennial herb that is found chiefly in Sphagnum peatlands. Forty to seventy leaves are densely packed along the wiry, hairy stem that is topped by one or more daisy-like flowers with pink to light purple rays and a yellow center.
Wetland indicator statusFACW+
Plant Height6-24 inches
LeavesAlternate, simple, mostly entire; 1/2 - 2 1/2" long; linear or narrowly lanceolate to oblong; leaves are largest near the middle and become smaller toward both the base and the tip of the stem; 40-70+ leaves below inflorescence.
Flower/InflorescencePink to light purple, daisy-like, 1 -- 1 1/2" wide; 13-27 petal-like ray flowers surround center of yellow disk flowers.
Flowering PeriodAugust-September
FruitAchene, small, with tuft of bristles at its tip.
HabitatBogs and acidic peatlands, pond shores.
RangeNewfoundland to Ontario, south to Michigan, New York, and eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island; threatened in Connecticut.
(c) 1998-2006 Marsha C. Salett