Babywhite Aster (Lueceline ericoides)

JUNE-JULY

Babywhite Aster Lueceline ericoides (Torn.) Greene (COMPOSITE FAMILY)

Babywhite aster is an erect perennial 2-6 in. tall, growing from a woody branching caudex or creeping rhizomes. The stems are numerous, tufted, often glandular, and bristly hairy. The alternate leaves are simple, rarely over 1/8 in. long, linear to linear-oblanceolate, hispid-ciliate, and entire. The heads are solitary on slender branches with short white rays and a yellow disk. The fruit is an achene with appressed hairs and a copious pappus.