white heath aster
Scientific NameSymphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum
Other Common Names:
hairy white oldfield aster
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Stem hairs are 2-3 mm long; plant reaches up to 3 ' tall.
Leaves are linear, taper toward the tip, and have limited or no teeth. They are generally .4 to .8 inches long, stiff, entire to slightly-toothed, and have a stiff bristle or flexible point at the tip.
Very fuzzy stem, as if coated with a thick frost.
Flower Seed Head
Each compound flower is about 5 to 8 mm across and has 16-35 white ray florets with a yellow center.
The seeds have small tufts of white or brownish hairs, which are distributed by the wind.
Dry soils of fallow fields, meadows, prairies, glades, rocky open ground, gravel bars, roadsides, railroads, waste ground, disturbed sites.
upright and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
Stem Cross Section
round or oval