White Wood (Aster divaricatus)
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White Wood Aster (Aster divaricatus)
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(Aster, White Wood (Aster divaricatus) - 01
The literature says that white wood aster can grow to heights of 2-1/2 feet, but
most of the ones we have seen are less than 1 foot in height. Two of the
main characteristics of the white wood aster are that they have few ray flowers
and somewhat heart-shaped, toothed leaves.
(Aster, White Wood (Aster divaricatus) - 02b
The number of ray flowers on a fully opened white wood aster may be as few as
seven and as many as twelve, as on this one. The actual size of this fully
opened flower is about one inch across.
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These white wood asters each have between 7 and 9 ray flowers. This side
view of the white wood aster allows us to see the characteristic zigzag-shaped
stem and the somewhat heart-shaped toothed leaves. Also note that the disc
flowers of the white wood aster begin as yellow and turn purple or brown as they mature.
(Aster, White Wood (Aster divaricatus) - 04
The reason why we say that the white wood aster leaves are somewhat heart-shaped
is because sometimes they look more like a broad lanceolate leaf, like the one
in the center of the photo which is more typical of other aster leaves.
But on another branched stem of the same plant, we can see the underside of a
more heart-shaped toothed leaf (lower left of photo).
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