Friday, September 12, 2008

Meadow Aster

Pretty in Purple, Another Red River County Wildflower: The Meadow Aster

Common Name: Meadow Aster
Scientific Name: Aster pratensis

The purple and gold blooms of the Meadow Aster brings a vivid yet subtle note to our late summer-early fall landscape.

The stiffly upright, slender, hairy periennial grows to 20 to 32 inches high from a woody base.

Meadow aster usually grows on sandy or sandy loam soils in prairies, meadows, open woodlands, and woodland borders.

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