New England Prairie Aster, Interpreting the Fall Landscape

Posted on October 6th, 2013 by

The following is a submission from a Gustavus student in Dr. Cindy Johnson’s “Interpreting the Fall Landscape” class held in the Arboretum.  Special thanks to Dr. Johnson and her students…..


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by Jennifer Steffen

September 24th, 2013

Sunny; fair skies; Temp Low 70’s

I was out in Purple Coneflower Prairie a little before sunset. Deciding that I wanted to go see what kind of species the trees in the middle of the prairie are, I came across this wild flower. Looks like a New England Aster. It seemed very bright and vivid compared to some of the paler looking asters I saw earlier this fall. On meeting the trees in the middle grove, I think they are baby big tooth aspen trees. A ways after the tree grove, I came to a grassy deer bed. It was soft, free the stiff dry plants I had been going through. It was a nice haven for a bit to see the sunset.

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