Missouri Wildflower Guide


The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook,

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.

 

From "September" by Helen Hunt Jackson

 

 

Calico Aster

Calico Aster is named for the variety of colors found on a single plant.  The ray flowers are white to light purple, while the center disk flowers are yellow at first, then become a rusty red as they age. I find this color variety interesting and appealing, although this is a tall, straggly plant, not especially pretty overall.

 

  • Bloom Time

    Aug-Nov

     

  • Habit

    Herbaceous

     

  • Height

    To 5 feet