Sub-category: Aster family
An herbaceous perennial up to 120 cm tall by 25 cm wide at maturity. Its cone-shaped flowering heads are usually, but not always, purple in the wild. Its individual flowers (florets) within the flower head are hermaphroditic, having both male and female organs in each flower.
Its habitats include dry open woods, prairies and barrens, as well as in cultivated beds. Commonly found in flower gardens in Connecticut. Depending on the climate, it blooms throughout spring to late summer.