Purple aster is an erect herbaceous perennial that typically grows up to 1-3 feet tall. This compact bushy clump is marked by the emergence of dark green obviate and petiolated basal leaves, and alternate and sessile cauline leaves. Its hermaphroditic flowers pop up bearing lilac shade with a daisy-like appearance.
Purple aster has a rich history of medicinal uses. The Iroquois people have been reported to mix it with bloodroot for preparing a laxative. Its flowers were employed in making certain potions to treat venereal diseases. Under the light of scientific studies and various trials, purple aster has been found to possess anti-inflammatory depurative antitussive, hemostatic, and antimalarial actions. In Nepal, aster root juice is used both internally and topically to treat indigestion and boils, respectively.
Purple aster also serves the purpose of bringing a vibrant splash of joy and color to the gardens in summer with its lavender-blue starry flowers. It is one of the most sensational plants of fall that attracts birds, butterflies, and other pollinating insects to the garden for aesthetic and pollination purposes.