That’s actually the name of this particular autumn aster; I guess they ran out of creative ideas in naming the dozens of little white composite flowers with their raised warm yellow centers. I’m a pushover for little white flowers, especially when they are gently touched by morning sun against a backdrop of weathered wood.
Most asters have flowers only at the end of the stem, or they bloom in succession along the stem, but this particular aster also has many branches, each with their own sets of flowers, and when they bloom all at once the plant looks very snowy; this is probably the origin of the term “many-flowered”. Here is last year’s photo entitled “Many Flowered Aster”.
These tiny white flowers are barely 1/4″ across, some smaller, and cling to the stems branching out at all angles; I’ve used them in place of baby’s breath in flower arrangements the flowers are so small. The yellow centers turning orange then sienna resemble the tiny flowers so popular in calico fabrics from the 19th-century.
These tiny white flowers resemble chamomile, but are of a different genus, related instead to chrysanthemums. They are a native wild plant in much of North America, one of many small white composite flowers, but these sprout in the spring and begin to bloom, and continuing to sprout through the summer into the autumn, happily blooming in sweet white clusters. I’ve moved them from my garden into windowboxes and planters; they are not particular where they grow.
These actually sprouted in the cracks in my sidewalk and I couldn’t bear to pull them out—the root would break and I couldn’t transplant.