Against the GrainJul 28, 2022 09:00AM ● By Sarah Wagaman
Driving along Route 6, I spied a beautiful caramelized wheat field with the complementary colors red and green in the background. The windblown wheat and quaint farm in the distance caught my eye, but it was the stand-alone aster that welcomed me. Asters—which are most prominent August through October—attract monarch butterflies and other pollinators (and me). There are over thirty-five aster species native to Pennsylvania. While many are rare and confined to unique habitats, common species thrive in disturbed areas such as fields and roadsides.