Vernonia angustifolia

Family: Asteraceae

Form: Herbaceous perennial reaching 1 to 2 ft.

Leaves: Simple, alternate, oblanceolate, serrate

Stem/Bark: Herbaceous

Flower: Purple with fringed petals

Fruit: Achene

Comments: Though the flowers may not be as full and stunning as the similar Stoke's aster, they are still large enough to see from a distance and interesting.