Latin: Aster lanceolatus Willd. (Aster simplex Willd.)
- Lance-leaved aster
- Tall white aster
Tall stem bearing a panicle of flower heads with numerous white (occasionally violet-tinged) rays.
Head 2-2.5 cm (3/4-1 in.) wide. Central disk yellowish to pinkish; bracts narrow, green-tipped. Flowers spread out, but not on one side of the stem; August to September.
Lanceolate, sharp-pointed, sometimes toothed, sessile or short-stalked, lower ones 7.5-15 cm (3-6 in.) long, upper ones smaller.
1.2-1.5 m (4-5 ft.) tall.
Damp roadside ditches and thickets
Throughout much of North America, except far north.
An infusion of the plant, combined with other plants, has bee used in the treatment of fevers. A decoction of the plant has been used to dress wounds and the dried powdered plant has been used as a salve on abrasions. Smoke from the crushed blossoms has been inhaled in the treatment of nosebleeds.