NEW ENGLAND ASTER
About New England Aster
Another common roadside edible flower. Probably one of the only purple flowers of its type around here. Looks kind of like a daisy but with purple petals, a purplish stem and multiple flowers on multiple branches on the same plant.
Everything – leaves/tops as greens, seeds as fill or ground to flour.
root has been used for pain, fever
Foraging Plant information list
This is not a complete list, this is a list of the species I have directly witnessed in my travels here in Northwest Ontario. If you find something before I do, email me and let me know.
Joe Pye Weed
Creeping Charlie (Ground Ivy)
Clover (Sweet White)
New England Aster
Saskatoon (Service berry)
Squashberry (Low bush Cranberry)
Purple petaled flowers with yellow center. Single flower on the end of a purplish/red branch. Multiple branches/flowers on an individual plant.
Where to look
Along roadsides/disturbed areas, they enjoy sun and a multitude of soil types. Driving bush roads where the roadsides are cut back regularly provide great habitat.