What flower is that?

Toothed White-topped Aster basal leavesToothed White-topped Aster  close up of flowersToothed White-topped Aster  with pollinators  

Toothed White-topped Aster  flower stalk


Upper left photo credit: © 2018 Donald Cameron  Upper right photo credit: © David G. Smith via www.delawarewildfowers.org
Photo above and at left of text:
© Francis R. Underwood 2018

The mystery plant for December is a perennial which grows 12- 25” tall. The basal leaves are large and toothed, ½ - 2” wide. The leaves along the stem are less toothed and sessile.  The flowers have 4-8 white rays and 10-20 disk flowers. The achenes are sericeous. This plant grows in dry, open woods and blooms from early July to late August.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Sericocarpus asteroides
Common Name:
  Toothed White-topped Aster
Family:
  Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Habitat:
  Dry and open woods

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