panicled aster

(Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)



No image available


Panicled aster, also known as lanceleaf aster, is a species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae family. It is native to North America, and is commonly found in prairies, meadows, and open woods. It is one of the most common asters in Minnesota.

Panicled aster is an important plant for ecosystem health, as it provides food and habitat for a variety of wildlife species. It has also been used in traditional medicine by indigenous peoples, who brewed the leaves into a tea to treat coughs and fevers. Today, it is sometimes grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscaping projects.


Panicled aster is a perennial herb that typically grows to be 1-3 feet tall. It has a slender, branching stem that is typically covered in fine, whitish hairs. The leaves are alternate, generally lance-shaped, as the common name suggests, and have a pointed tip. They are typically 2-6 cm long and 0.5-1 cm wide, and have a slightly rough texture.

The flowers are small and daisy-like, with white to pale blue-purple ray petals surrounding a yellow disk center. The flowers are produced in loose clusters at the end of the stems, and bloom from late summer to early fall.

The fruit of the plant is a small, dry, brownish achene that is dispersed by wind.


Distribution Map



2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 28, 29, 30.

  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (flowering plants)  
  Superorder Asteranae  


Asterales (sunflowers, bellflowers, fanflowers, and allies)  


Asteraceae (sunflowers, daisies, asters, and allies)  
  Subfamily Asteroideae  
  Supertribe Asterodae  
  Tribe Astereae (asters and allies)  
  Subtribe Symphyotrichinae  
  Genus Symphyotrichum (American asters)  
  Subgenus Symphyotrichum (common American asters)  
  Section Symphyotrichum (bushy, eastern, heart-leaved, and old field asters)  
  Subsection Dumosi (bushy asters)  



This and other asters were formerly place in the genus Aster. That genus was problematic, in that it did not include just one common ancestor with all of its lineal descendants and no others – it was not monophyletic. In 1994, the genus Symphyotrichum was resurrected to include most North American asters formerly in the genus Aster.


Subordinate Taxa


common panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum ssp. lanceolatum)

Siskiyou aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum ssp. hesperium)


There are two subspecies and five varieties of panicled aster. All of the varieties are nested within the subspecies. Both subspecies and all five varieties occur in Minnesota.




Aster lanceolatus


Common Names


lanceleaf aster

panicled aster

white panicle aster

white panicled aster











Visitor Photos

Share your photo of this plant.

  This button not working for you?
Simply email us at
Attach one or more photos and, if you like, a caption.












Visitor Videos

Share your video of this plant.

  This button not working for you?
Simply email us at
Attach a video, a YouTube link, or a cloud storage link.


Other Videos



Visitor Sightings

Report a sighting of this plant.

  This button not working for you?
Simply email us at
Be sure to include a location.



Agassiz Dunes SNA

Belgium Prairie

Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park

Blaine Preserve SNA

Blazing Star Prairie Addition Preserve, South Unit

Buffalo River State Park

Carver Highlands WMA, South Unit

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

Chippewa Prairie

Clifton E. French Regional Park

Compass Prairie SNA

Cottonwood River Prairie SNA

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

Des Moines River SNA

Dodge Nature Center

Dry Sand WMA

Felton Prairie SNA, Bicentennial Unit

Felton WMA

Foxhome Prairie

Glacial Lakes State Park

Glendalough State Park

Iron Horse Prairie SNA

John Murtaugh Memorial WMA

John Peter Hoffman Spring Brook Valley WMA

Joseph A. Tauer Prairie SNA

Kilen Woods State Park

Langhei Prairie SNA

Leif Mountain

Margherita Preserve-Audubon Prairie

McKnight Prairie

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Mississippi River County Park

Monson Lake State Park

Mound Spring Prairie SNA, North Unit

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Hoffman Unit

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Pavia Unit

Old Mill State Park

Otter Tail Prairie SNA

Pembina Trail Preserve SNA, Crookston Prairie Unit

Pin Oak Prairie SNA

Prairie Creek WMA, Koester Prairie Unit

Prairie Smoke Dunes SNA

Red Rock Prairie

Rice Lake Savanna SNA

River Terrace Prairie SNA

Rock Ridge Prairie SNA

Sandpiper Prairie SNA

Santee Prairie SNA

Savage Fen SNA

Scenic State Park

Schaefer Prairie

Seminary Fen SNA

Sheepberry Fen

Spring Prairie Preserve

Thorson Prairie WMA

Town Hall Prairie

Twin Valley Prairie Addition

Twin Valley Prairie SNA

Tympanuchus Prairie

Vermillion River WMA

Western Prairie SNA

Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Wood-Rill SNA

Woodbury WMA





Last Updated:

About Us | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | © All rights reserved.