White Prairie Aster

Symphyotrichum falcatum commutatum

Symphyotrichum falcatum commutatum has a small yellow center surrounded by small white petals. 5

-Elena, grade 10 at The International School at Mesa Del Sol

White Prairie Aster - Symphyotrichum falcatum commutatum

Symphyotrichum falcatum commutatum or commonly known as white prairie aster is a common flower found in the Rock Mountain states and the Great Plains. It grows around streambanks, plains, lakes, and hillsides. White prairie aster is native to the western region of the United States. (1)

Symphyotrichum falcatum commutatum is a star shaped flower that’s height can reach thirty inches. Its flowers are white with a yellow center. The leaves on a white prairie aster can grow up to two inches long and a quarter of an inch in width. The leaves grow thin fiber like hairs along the leaflets. A single flowerhead can hold up to fifteen to thirty-five florets. A single flower will have similar shape and look of a Gerbera jamesonii or commonly known as a daisy. White prairie aster has small white petals that surround a yellowish center. (3)

Symphyotrichum falcatum (2) comes from the kingdom plantae. Its classes are angiosperms, eudicots, and asterids. The order is asterales and the family is asteraceae. The genus for Symphyotrichum falcatum is symphyotrichum. (4)

White prairie aster is believed to have been used to strengthen hair and nails. The Zuni people use the white prairie aster and mix it with other herbs to wash their infants. They believe by washing their children with the herbs they are strengthening the children and promoting hair growth. (4)


Resources:
The American Southwest. (no date). Symphyotrichum Falcatum, White Prairie Aster. In The American Southwest. Retrieved March 27, 2019, from http://www.americansouthwest.net/plants/wildflowers/symphyotrichum-falcatum.html
Unites States Department of Agriculture. (no date). Plant Profile of Symphyotrichum falcatum commutatum (White Prairie Aster). In United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved March 26, 2019, from https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=SYFAC.
Everwilde Farms, Inc.. (2019). Prairie Aster Seeds. In Everwilde Farms, Inc.. Retrieved April 1, 2019, from https://www.everwilde.com/store/Aster-tanacetifolia-WildFlower-Seed.html.
Wikipedia. (no date). Symphyotrichum falcatum. In Wikipedia. Retrieved April 1, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_falcatum.

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/jroldenettel/16457049138/
  2. (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/jroldenettel/16457220170/
  3. (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/jroldenettel/16643612202/
  4. (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/jroldenettel/16024721563/
  5. Adapted by smiller33 from a work by (c) tisdrn, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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