Aster subulatus

Eastern annual saltmarsh aster
Small saltmarsh aster


State Status * CT MA RI VT NH ME
P P P   P S1



Ecology: Saltmarshes and shores of tidal rivers, often on somewhat higher terrain.  Periodically flooded.  This is an annual species! 
Blooming Period: Late August through September
Typical Height Range: 6 inches to 3 feet  ( 1 to 10 dm )
 What to look for in the field: 
  Capitulescence is in the shape of a panicle, much branched.  Branches are glabrous.  Heads are numerous, not in one-sided arrays.
  Stems are glabrous and fleshy (succulent), slightly bent at the nodes, often tinged with purple.
  Basal and lowest stem leaves are usually deciduous by flowering.  Mid- to upper stem leaves are narrowly lanceolate to awl-shaped, glabrous and fleshy, slightly clasping the stem, gradually becoming shorter upwards.  Branch leaves are similar, but much smaller.
  Involucres are narrow, much taller than broad.  Phyllaries are glabrous and narrowly lanceolate or awl-shaped, tapering to long, slender tips which are often tinged purple.  Green patches are long and narrow.  Rays are very short, almost inconspicuous, pale blue-violet to nearly white.  Disc florets are yellow.    View image of involucre and phyllaries.

* State status data obtained from the NatureServe website and from published state natural heritage data.  Click link for a list of state status codes.