Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Symphyotrichum novi-belgii: signs of life!

Symphyotrichum novi-belgii, known in English as New York aster, is a flowering perennial native to eastern North America (though not the Toronto area apparently). The flowers are usually mauve, though there are cultivars in purple, dark pink, and white.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a few green leaves showing on this aster; it looks like they remained from last year. (I put my hand behind the plant because otherwise it blended in with the background into an incomprehensible photo. The green leaves are near the bottoms of the stems.)

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