Symphyotricum subulatum - Hierba del Marrano

Symphyotricum subulatum – Hierba del Marrano

 

 

This flower can easily be mistaken for Prairie Fleabane. The main difference is the bloom period, which is July to November according to Enquist for this plant and February to May for Prairie Fleabane. In my yard it has appeared along the edge of a mass planting of Salvia farinacea which accounts for the wet,low place context in which it is usually found. Nursery grown fleabane is probably available at the Wildflower Center annual Fall Sale which ends today (October 14).