Hi everyone, welcome back! Today’s wildflower is the “smooth blue aster”. We have several different species of asters in this area, however, this will be the last one shown since several of them are so similar that it’s hard to see the difference in a picture. This pic was taken on a cloudy day and was the only plant around. The next day was sunny, but the plant was gone, ripped out of the ground! They are a fairly common aster however, but not along the path to the river. Anyway, it likes sunny locations, in dry open forested areas and fields, also in prairies. It is a native wildflower that grows from 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90cm) tall and blooms from August to October, even later in more southern areas. It does good in a wildflower garden and is great for late season pollinating insects. The flowers are about 1 inch (2.5cm) across with 15 to 30 petals. They can be found across Canada except on the east coast, and across the US except in California. I hope you have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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