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Flat-Topped Aster (Aster umbellatus)
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Other common names: Flat-Topped White Aster, Parasol Whitetop
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Height: 1 to 7 ft.
Blooms: August to September
Leaf Type: smooth
Bloom Size: 0.5 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Flat or rounded clusters, Regular blooms, 10 or more parts
Location: Allegheny Highlands Trail
More photos of this flower
- Calico Aster
Flat-topped aster has a smooth leaf, while calico aster has a toothed leaf. Flowers of flat-topped aster grow in a umbel (flat cluster) while calico aster occur in a panicle (elongate cluster).
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.