Tufted White Prairie Aster
This inhabitant of dry, open grassland produces many flower heads near the ends of 50 cm tall branches that are often lodged. Each flower has 10–20 white petal-like ray florets about 7 mm long surrounding a yellow centre.
Royer and Dickinson report, “The Blackfoot used the smoke from smouldering asters to revive unconscious patients. The Cree dried and powered the scented roots and applied the dust to cuts.” (408)
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Royer, France and Richard Dickinson. 2007. Plants of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing, AB.