stiff aster, aka flax-leaf aster
formerly Aster linariifolius
After all the mucking about trying to identify various Symphyotrichums [see previous post], it was a relief to find this small stand of plants. The very long, narrow, one-veined leaves on often-unbranched plants and the terminal inflorescence made for easy identification.
This eastern species ranges from Texas northeasterward to Minnesota, and further north and east into Quebec and New Brunswick. It’s threatened in Iowa.
Four other species of Ionactis occur in North America, but they’re all found west of the Rocky Mountains.