Flower. Australian Plant Image Index, Photographer Murray Fagg, Shoalhaven River near Braidwood, NSW

Stems, leaves, and flowers. Photographer Don Wood, Bush Heritage Carnarvon Station Reserve, via Augathella, Queensland

Stems, leaves, and flowers. Photographer Don Wood, south coast, NSW

Common Name

Wild Aster, Bushy Starwort, Aster-weed




Introduced annual, biennial or short-lived perennial forb to 1.8m tall.  Leaves alternating up the stems, often stem-clasping.  Leaves 1-15cm long, 3-10mm wide, flat to linear, hairless, with smooth edges, and pointed tips.  Flower heads cylindrical, with about 25 white, pink, blue, or pale mauve 'petals'. Flowers single at the ends of the stems. 

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales, pages 662-663. 

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