Panicled Aster

Ojibway: Wiinizikens
Latin: Aster lanceolatus Willd. (Aster simplex Willd.)

Common Names

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  • Lance-leaved aster
  • Tall white aster
Description

Tall stem bearing a panicle of flower heads with numerous white (occasionally violet-tinged) rays.

Flowers

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.

Leaves

Lanceolate, sharp-pointed, sometimes toothed, sessile or short-stalked, lower ones 7.5-15 cm (3-6 in.) long, upper ones smaller.

Height

1.2-1.5 m (4-5 ft.) tall.

Habitat
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Damp roadside ditches and thickets

Range

Throughout much of North America, except far north.

Discussion

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.