Common Michaelmas-daisy - Aster novi-belgii x lanceolatus = A. x salignus

    Description

    Common Michaelmas-daisy is a plant that grows to about 1 metre in height and has daisy type flowers varying from very pale lilac to a deeper purple in colour. In this species the lateral leaf veins are slightly more prominent than in other family members.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification

    Habitat

    Usually occurs as a naturalised garden escape and often close to habitation. Waste ground, rubbish tips, roadside and railway verges are all possible locations.

    When to see it

    Flowering time: August to October.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent as an established plant in the wild in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon or under recorded as a plant in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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