Boltonia asteroides (L.) L’Hér.
Common Name: FALSE ASTER, BOLTONIA
Coefficient of Conservatism: 5
Coefficient of Wetness: -3
Wetness Index: FACW
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Native mostly south and west of Michigan, where it was first collected in 1905 in Cass Co. (H. S. Pepoon 433, MSC). It seems now to be concentrated in Monroe Co., where it was first collected in 1910 (O. A. Farwell 2184, GH) and where its abundance fluctuates greatly from year to year. After exposure of moist ground following flooding, bushy plants as tall as 2 m may dominate for a year or two, soon to die out, presumably succumbing to competition and/or increasing dryness. It is likely to be found with Penthorum sedoides, Echinochloa walteri, Ammannia robusta, Bidens spp., Helenium autumnale, Juncus torreyi, and other plants of marshy mudflats.

The yellow disk and pink rays make this an attractive species, and indeed it is sometimes cultivated, often as a form with white rays.

Locations

Cass County
Monroe County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 13, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=260.