Whorled Wood Aster
* Flower white and composite, with many ray-like petals and a yellow
* Leaves large, sharp-toothed, with narrow bases, surrounding the stem
in a way that makes them appear whorled.
* Stem hairy, often zigzag, sometimes reddish at the base.
* Height: 1-3".
* Flowers July - October.
* Habitat: Wooded areas, clearings.
* Range: Eastern Canada, further south in the mountains.
* Asters appear in autumn, when most other flowers have wilted and dried
up. Their delicate rayed flowers fill fields and woods and are a welcome
sight to those who dread the end of summer. Colloquial names for asters
include Fall Rose, Frost Flower, Frostweed, and Goodbye-Summer. It-Brings-the-Fall
is a Native American expression for aster.