Plant ID forum: Some type of Aster?

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Chicago, Illinois
rhino57
Jan 6, 2018 8:55 AM CST
Hey All,

Found this growing in prairie type garden in Chicago.

I've looked into it but can't settle on what type of Aster it is. Maybe Symphyotrichum lateriflorum, S. praealtum, S. lanceolatum, or maybe S. pilosum? I also thought A. umbellatus?

The number of petals on the flower heads are throwing me off a bit.

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jmorth
Jan 6, 2018 7:06 PM CST
Heath Aster?
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frostweed
Jan 8, 2018 9:16 AM CST
I don't think it is Heath aster.
The leaves on Heath aster are narrow and smooth and the leaves on this plant are wider and also hairy.
I have looked and couldn't find a match. Smiling
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Chicago, Illinois
rhino57
Jan 11, 2018 4:21 PM CST
Thanks for checking frostweed and jmorth!
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Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Jan 11, 2018 6:09 PM CST
My eyesight isn't the best but I wonder if it might be a variety of Frost Aster (Symphyotrichum pilosum)

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Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jan 11, 2018 8:10 PM CST
It looks like it could be it. Smiling
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