Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (Aster novae-angliae)
The bracts are the green extensions that are below the flower rays (petals). I am learning some biology here! ;) Several clumps of this perennial native forb live in and around my yard. In the previous post, you can see two clumps along the fence and one just beyond the gate. The color there is of the open flowers in daylight. This image todayshows a hint of magenta, but with more blue tones due to the lighting (at 6 p.m. a couple of weeks ago) and the camera angle. The New England aster has long stems which grow between 2.5 and 6 feet, depending on locale and rainfall. In my yard, they are taller than ever this year, a bit taller than 4 feet, due to the early season rainfall. The bees and butterflies love this plant, which blooms from late August into October, a time when other flowers are losing their oomph or are completely finished, the bees are collecting nectar for winter stores an the butterflies are preparing for migration or hibernation.
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