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This is another attractive aster for autumn bloom, producing abundant flowers. The Willow Aster can be distinguished from other asters by the conspicuous reticulated pattern on the lower surface of the leaves. In addition, the stalks of the flowerheads are relatively short and they are covered with relatively large leafy bracts. Unlike many woodland asters, the leaves of Willow Aster are always narrow and willow-like, even at the base of the plant, and they lack serrated edges. The flowers are usually lavender or light violet; sometimes they are white. Return

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