Oct. 8, 2021

aromatic aster, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

Aromatic asters were scattered along our route last Saturday. They particularly seemed to like those roadsides. Where mowing had chopped them down they grew back more compact and beautiful than before. The flowers have no scent, but the leaves are sweetly aromatic. The Navajo used a decoction of them to protect from witchcraft. Aromatic aster grows in AL, AR, CO, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, and WV. Adams CO OH, 10/2/21. Aster family, Asteraceae.