Eurybia compacta
Slender aster

Eurybia compacta
Eurybia compacta
photo, Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Eurybia compacta
Common name: Slender aster
Synonomy: Aster gracilis Nutt.
Group: dicot
Family: Asteraceae
Growth type: Forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 6"-2' ; 2-7 decimeters
Foliage: A small, stiffly-erect plant,usually several stems.   Has thickened, corm-like woody base, sometimes rhizomatous. Leaves thick and firm, scabrous (rough), entire (or nearly so), obscurely veined except for the midrib and sometimes a single pair of narrowly divergent laterals, erect stalks, usually several stems. Leaves alternate
Flower: 8-14 ray petals, short, violet or bluish, often rather pale.
Flowering time: late July-early September.
Habitat: Found in dry to moist pinelands, oak-thickets and bogs or barrens.
USDA wetland ranking: Facultative wetland: Equally likely to occur in wetlands or non-wetlands (estimated probability 34%-66%).
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
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