Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Test-drive A Teaching Key to Asters.
You may also want to look at The Connecticut Botanical Society's gallery of Connecticut wildflowers
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales
Vascular Flora of the Southeastern States (Cronquist 1980, Isely 1990)
Flora of North America
Smooth Heart-leaved Aster, Lowrie's Aster
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Keith Bradley kab_s_lowrieanum_2897
August Macon County NC
Nantahala National Forest
Flower heads in ~ densely paniculiform arrays, per Flora of North America.
JK Marlow jkm161009_865
October Pickens County SC
Lvs thickish, a little succulent. Stem lvs contracted into winged petioles, per Britton & Brown's Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions (1913).