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Uploaded on Oct 17, 2010
This is easily one of the prettiest "Asters" native to North America in my opinion. Though now it's a little past it's prime. This plant comes in a variety of colors too, not just the purple seen here, but also red, pink, and varying intensity or paleness as well.
Often times when this plant is sold in stores they are cut down to just a few inches in June or July. This helps promote a dome-like habit with their dense clusters of flowers. They otherwise grow tall and can fall over, as seen in the video, if not supported.
Asters shouldn't be confused with Chrysanthemums which are native to Asia.