Swamp Aster (Aster puniceus)
Description:Swamp aster is also called shining aster, is one of the more common wetland asters.
A perennial herb 2-6' high. This plant is found growing in various parts of the United States, in swamps, ditches, along the borders of small streams, and sometimes in dry soils. The leaves are oblong-lanceolate. The flowers are large, showy, of a pale-purple or lilac-blue color, having from 30 to 60 long, narrow rays.
It blooms from August to October.
The radicals or fibers of the root are the parts used, they are about the size of a pipe-stem, having a pungent, aromatic odor and taste, with some bitterness and astringency.
Last updated: April 10, 2015