Symphyotrichum subulatum

Photo Courtesy of K. Hubeny

Common Name(s) Annual Salt Marsh Aster
Scientific Name Symphyotrichum subulatum
Family Asteraceae
Location/Vegetative Zone Thicket
Flowering Period Late August-October
Identifying Characteristics Disk-shaped with purple-blue ray flowers


  • Anywhere from 4-32 inches tall, annual with small taproot
  • Narrow lance-shaped leaves alternately arranged
  • Purple or blue flowers in heads (less than 1/2 inch wide)
  • Heads usually in open inflorescence

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