Oct. 12, 2021

flaxleaf aster, Ionactis linariifolius

Flaxleaf asters were originally included in the genus Aster. They were separated because the fluff on the seeds is of two different lengths, unlike other Asters. The plants are mostly a foot or a little more tall, and are sometimes called ankle asters. The sudden transition from longer inch-long leaves to small quarter-inch bracts on flowering stems is also distinctive. Flaxleaf makes a nice addition to a flower garden in dryer areas. Flower color ranges from blue to white. The southern Ohio trip reached the northern edge of flaxleaf range in that part of the country. They grow in dry partly shaded spots in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, PE, and QC. Worth Co GA (this shot is a little better than the one from the Ohio trip), 10/19/15. Aster family, Asteraceae.