Asters,asters everywhere; blooming in the cool October air. It is hard to look anywhere outside and not see a representitive of the Aster family. There are 27 recognized species growing wild in the Mountain State. They also have a tendancy to hybirdize freely; therefore, identification of individual plants is best left to those experts; with a lot of free time. The most showy of the bunch is the New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae), it is truly a stunning wildflower and it is in full bloom right now. It is the time of year to enjoy these wild beauties; they will not be there much longer.
The White Heath Aster above has numerous seeds, which are enjoyed by the Juncos all winter long.