Symphyotrichum boreale (Torr. & A. Gray) Á. Löve & D. Löve - Rush Aster


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Symphyotrichum boreale - (image 1 of 3)



Family: Asteraceae


Characteristic of calcareous fens. Also found in cold bogs.


Asclepias incarnata, Campanula aparinoides, Eupatorium maculatum, Gentiana procera, Lobelia kalmii, Lythrum alatum, Parnassia glauca


Quebec south to northern NJ, west to MN, CO, and AK.


Perennial from long rhizome usually less than 2 mm thick; stems 15-100 cm. Stem leaves somewhat petiolate, scabrous, narrowly linear (rush-like), mostly less than 6 mm wide Heads few on short peduncles, subcorymbose in diffuse, short, terminal inflorescences; rays white or pale blue, mostly 30 or more, about 10 mm long.


Flowers  August to October

Wetland Indicator: Obligate

The name rush aster refers to the very thin leaves.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.

The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.




© Michael Hough 2004