This tiny flower on a plant about 6 inches tall, growing in part sun, was photographed October 31 along a country road in the SC Fall Line region. One month later on Nov. 30, the plant had seeds that resembled those found on a dandelion or aster (each tiny seed had a fluffy parachute). The leaves on the upper part of the plant are pointed at the tips, but those at the bottom are almost completely round. There were no other similar plants nearby and it didn’t seem to be part of a colony.
this is a small plant of one of the common Asters, possibly Aster lateriflorus or a closely related species. These can be quite variable.
Steve Hill, Botanist, SCNPS