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New England Aster
Asteraceae
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae


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Herb



Asteraceae Family

Symphyotrichum Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Fall Rose, Frost Flower, Frostweed, and Goodbye-Summer. It-Brings-the-Fall is a Native American expression for aster


Location

Photo taken in Sussex County, Delaware
Range: Across most of North America

Physical Description
Can reach a height of 3-7 ft. 1 to 2 inch bright lavender to purplish blue flower heads clustered at end of stems, with 40 to 50 narrow petals; yellow center; bracts are narrow, hairy and sticky; flower stalk has sticky hairs. Leaves: : 1.5 to 5 inch lanceolate, crowded, toothless, heart-shaped leaves; basal lobes clasp the hairy stout stems


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Asteraceae
Asterales
Asterales
Star Order (Daisies)
Euasterids II
Euasterids II
Real Stars Group Two
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

In the late 1600s, asters were mixed into ointments thought to cure the bite of mad dogs. The Shakers used the plant to clear their complexions. In Germany, the Aster is plucked petal by petal to decide if a love is returned or not. The ancient Greeks are also said to have used asters to drive away snakes and as an antidote for snake bites and poisons.
The stems, leaves and flowers of asters will produce a yellow-green with alum mordant, brassy gold with a chrome mordant, greenish-gold with a copper mordant, bright yellow-gold with a tin mordant, dark grey-green with an iron mordant and a yellow-green with no mordant. It seems to be quite lightfast with no visible fading



New England Aster
Planted in a highway divide

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