Latin Name: Symphyotrichum urophyllum
Facts about Arrow-Leaved Aster
Perennial that blooms in August till October.
Prefers partial sun and can grow from 40 to 100 cm.
Present in forest areas or dry open areas of woods.
Branches sweep upward, close to main stem
Leaves are arrow-shaped, without a deep cleft at the base
Ray flowers are coloured from white to pale blue
Disc florets, with light yellow corollas when young, turn reddish-purple toward maturity
Attracts many pollinators, especially butterflies and bees.
When burnt, the smoke from the burning Arrow-Leaved Aster to attract deer.
High prevalence of aster across the continent led to many uses of the plant by Native Americans and early settlers. This Aster is used in many teas.
The smoke from burning Arrow-Leaved Aster is also used for medicinal purposes such as treating skin rashes and to help treat mental illnesses.