Narrow-leaved Michaelmas-daisy - Aster lanceolatus

    Description

    Medium to tall plant; stems purplish, leaves linear or linear-lanceolate. Flowerheads pale purple or pale pinkish or even whitish, with a yellowish disk.

    Similar Species

    Other Michaelmas-daisies

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    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.

    Recording advice

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

    Habitat

    Waste places, waysides, ditches and roadside verges.

    When to see it

    August to November.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    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. 

    VC55 Status

    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

    UK Map