Narrow-leaved Michaelmas-daisy - Aster lanceolatus
Medium to tall plant; stems purplish, leaves linear or linear-lanceolate. Flowerheads pale purple or pale pinkish or even whitish, with a yellowish disk.
Many species, hybrids and cultivars are grown in gardens, and may become naturalised. Identification is tricky, and the key in Stace (4th edition) should be followed.
The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification
Waste places, waysides, ditches and roadside verges.
August to November.
British records are occasional and come mainly from England. This is probably less common than the hybrid Aster x salignus, but together with the hybrid it is probably under-recorded; many specimens are wrongly identified as Aster novi-belgii.
Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 1 of the 617 tetrads.
In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Alien; Casual; rare
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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