Aster identification can be a bit mysterious. They tend to look a lot alike, so you really have to pay attention to the leaves. For example, I've been thinking this one was a different blue aster (I won't say which one because it will just confuse all of us). But tonight I got serious about details, and determined that it is Bushy Aster, Aster dumosus.
Its flowers are about an inch across, and light blue to lavender. Its growth habit is, well, bushy... a lot like Calico Aster (but that one is white, and the flowers are smaller).
It grows around the Great Lakes region, and likes sandy soil. That's a given, here. Now, I have to work at telling the difference in the leaves from the Calico Aster, since they are both many-branched and bushy.
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