Symphyotrichum concolor (Asteraceae)
Eastern Silvery Aster
1996 NC Wildflower of the Year. A lovely species to mix and mingle with grasses and goldenrods -- its slender wands of flowers dancing in the fall breeze. In form, it is unlike most of our native asters. An evergreen basal rosette and oval, 1" leaves are covered in downy white hairs. The 3/4" purple flowers line up along the 2-3' stems, creating long purple wands. Eastern Silvery Aster is as distinctive as it is tough and adaptable. Requires a well-drained soil. Impressive en masse on a dry, sunny embankment. (Formerly Aster concolor.)
Bloom color: purple
Bloom period: fall
Container size: Qt.