Symphyotrichum ericoides (L.) G. L. Nesom
Common Name: HEATH ASTER, WREATH ASTER, WHITE PRAIRIE ASTER
Synonym: Aster ericoides
Coefficient of Conservatism: 3
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Symphyotrichum ericoides A. A. Reznicek

Aster ericoides of Michigan Flora.

Prairies (dry to wet), marshy shores, meadows; often along roadsides, railroads, fencerows, fields; sometimes weedy in disturbed sites.

Distinctive in its numerous, crowded, small heads, often on long one-sided branches. The rays are normally white. The cauline leaves are very small, numerous, ± linear, rather rough-pubescent (or at least ciliate). Hybridizes with S. novae-angliae (see that species). Sometimes may be mistaken for S. pilosum (or vice versa). Even if the pubescence on the phyllaries of S. ericoides is not clear, the shorter, stubbier look to the phyllaries and leaves will help to distinguish it.

Locations

Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Branch County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lenawee County
Macomb County
Menominee County
Monroe County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Saginaw County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 18, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=482.