New-world asters aren’t Aster anymore. They are, among other things, Symphyotrichum as in Symphyotrichum novae-angliae or New England aster. Because these new-ish names are a bit of a mouthful, I prefer the term used (and perhaps created) by my friend Gail of Clay and Limestone: Ex-asters.
It’s for Gail’s Wildflower Wednesday that I post this almost-wordless paeon to the ex-asters I visited a couple of weeks ago in the Toronto Botanical Garden’s Woodland Walk. If you visit Gail’s meme link, you’ll see that her post this month is all about pollinators, and also stars these stars of the fall garden (“aster” being Latin for “star”).
For more on Ontario asters, check out this section of Walter Muma’s always informative Ontario Wildflowers. And be sure to visit Gail’s Wildflower Wednesday link above to see what’s wild and growing in gardens all over.