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Aster - Asteraceae.
Aster is Greek - meaning star. There are more than 150 species of Asters in North America; attracts birds and butterflies.
"England Aster (Aster novae-angliae)
"Ojibway hunters camouflaged their scent by smoking aster rootlets to simulate the scent given off by deer. Native American Indians have also used different parts of the plant for its healing abilities, and at least one species (the large-leaved aster) is known to have edible parts." Up North Again
Nicknames or common names include: Fall Rose, Frost Flower, Frostweed, and Goodbye-Summer. It-Brings-the-Fall is a Native American expression for aster.
The stems, leaves and flowers of asters will produce several shades of yellow dye. Herb database
Asters are an exceptional landscape plant. Its flowers paint fields and gardens with lovely splashes of color as the growing season wanes here in the Northeast.
Purple Dome Aster blooming
Close-up of aster flowers in October
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