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Noted for bristly purple stems. Was used like Blue aster as an aromatic nervine in place of valerian.|
The Chippewa used fine tendrils of the root to smoke with tobacco to attract game.
Also used like A. tartaricus for coughs with excessive phlegm or occasionally blood-streaked phlegm.
The Pawnee used the charcoaled stems of a prarie aster as a moxa or counter-irritant on affected skin areas.
The Shoshone made an infusion of the roots from a small purple aster and drank it to cure diarrhea.