Symphyotrichum concolor (L.) G.L. Nesom - Eastern Silver Aster
Family - Asteraceae
Stem covered with appressed leaves.
Flowering - August - November, sometimes as early as July.
Habitat - Woodlands, thickets, old fields, pinelands, sandhills.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This species can be found scattered throughout much of Alabama. The plant is easy to identify in flower because the small, silvery leaves of the flowering scape are ascending and mostly appressed to the stem. This, combined with the bluish-pink flowers, makes the plant easy to ID in the field.
Photographs taken at the Conecuh National Forest, AL., 10-23-04, and at Fort Benning, GA., 10-12-05.