Pityopsis falcata
sickleleaf aster

Pityopsis falcata
Pityopsis falcata
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Botanical name: Pityopsis falcata
Common name: sickleleaf aster
Group: dicot
Family: Asteraceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 6-15"
Foliage: Similar to Chrysopsis mariana but smaller. Leaves and stems white-woolly; stiff, small, narrow, linear, curved or sickle shaped leaves.
Flower: 3/4" across
Flowering time: flowers July-early September
Habitat: open stretches of white sand on eastern edges of pine barrens
Range in New Jersey: local in the Pine Barrens
Heritage ranking, if any: S3
Misc. Stone, in 1910, says, "Locally in dry sands of the Pine Barrens; not common. This plant prefers bare open stretches of white sand, where Arenaria caroliniana, Lechea racemulosa and Hudsonia ericoides are found. Many such areas around the sites of forver forges or wayside inns are now appropriated by these plants, such as at Quaker Bridge, Speedwell, etc."(741)