New England Aster
Native to the Finger Lakes Region, VT to AL, West to ND, WY, and NM
Iroquois alleviated fevers by drinking a strong tea made with the dried roots and leaves. The dried roots of this and other species were smoked in pipes to attract game.
Source of plant
Krissy Boys, Gradina Botanica A Institutului Agronomic
Perennial reaching 6 1/2' in height, from a woody root crown or thick rhizome, sometimes creeping. Stems clustered, the upper part much-branched, hairy, glandular, the lower leaves early deciduous, the others sessile and auriculate-clasping, lanceolate, to 5" long, entire, scabrous, or with stiff hairs above, and softer hairs beneath. Flowers heads to 2" across, crowded towards the ends of the branches in corymbose clusters, ray flowers usually deep violet-purple, but variable.
USDA Hardiness Zone
medicinal/pharmaceutical, other ethnobotanical uses