Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 302 taxa in the family Asteraceae, Aster or Sunflower family - with BOTH DISC AND RAY flowers, as understood by Weakley's Flora.

                                   

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speaker icon Common Name: Spiny Cocklebur
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Xanthium spinosum   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Xanthium spinosum   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Xanthium spinosum 179-03-001   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in fields, disturbed ground

Waif(s)

Non-native: South America, apparently

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Common Cocklebur
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Xanthium chinense   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Xanthium strumarium var. glabratum   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Xanthium strumarium var. glabratum 179-03-002b   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in barnyards, pastures, bottomlands, other disturbed areas

Common

Original distribution unclear, but probably native to eastern North America

 


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Common Name: Oriental Cocklebur
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Xanthium orientale   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Xanthium strumarium var. canadense   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in disturbed ground, roadsides, pastures, barnyards

Common in Coastal Plain (uncommon in Piedmont & Mountains)

Original distribution unclear, widespread in e. N. America & nearly cosmopolitan

 


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Common Name: Cocklebur
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Xanthium strumarium   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Xanthium strumarium var. strumarium   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in ballast, waste areas near ports

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Butterweed, Smooth Ragwort, Yellowtop
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Packera glabella   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Packera glabella   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Senecio glabellus 179-19-002   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in swamp forests, bottomland forests, cleared areas in bottomlands, often in mucky soils

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Blue Ridge Ragwort, Yarrowleaf Ragwort, Divided-leaf Ragwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Packera millefolium   FAMILY: Asteraceae
(?) PLANTS National Database: Packera millefolium   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Senecio millefolium 179-19-003   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it on granitic domes, cliffs, and rocky woodlands, over granite, gneiss, schist, and amphibolite

Rare, endemic to sw. NC, nw. SC, and ne. GA; disjunct in sw. VA

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Small's Ragwort, Squaw-weed, Appalachian Ragwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Packera anonyma   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Packera anonyma   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Senecio smallii 179-19-004   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it on rock outcrops, roadsides, woodlands, hammocks, disturbed areas

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Woolly Ragwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Packera tomentosa   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Packera tomentosa   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Senecio tomentosus 179-19-005   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it on sandy roadsides, in sandy woodlands & forests, granitic flatrocks, granitic domes

Common (rare in Mtns), primarily Coastal Plain, but extending inland

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Balsam Groundsel, Balsam Ragwort, Northern Meadow Groundsel
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Packera paupercula var. paupercula   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Packera paupercula   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Senecio pauperculus 179-19-006   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in thickets, meadows, glades, generally over circumneutral soils derived from calcareous or mafic rocks

Rare

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Bog Ragwort, Groundsel
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Packera crawfordii   FAMILY: Asteraceae
(?) INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Packera paupercula   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Senecio pauperculus 179-19-006?   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in bogs and fens

Rare

Native to North Carolina

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Appalachian Ragwort
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Packera paupercula var. appalachiana   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN (MISAPPLIED TO OUR MATERIAL) PLANTS National Database: Packera plattensis   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in glades, cliffs, barrens, over mafic, or calcareous rocks

Rare (an endemic)

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Buck Creek Ragwort, Serpentine Ragwort
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Packera serpenticola   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Packera serpenticola   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in serpentine barrens

Rare (endemic to the Buck Creek Serpentine Barren, Clay County, NC)

Native to North Carolina

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Robbins' Ragwort, New England Ragwort, New England Groundsel, Schweinitz's Ragwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Packera schweinitziana   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Packera schweinitziana   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Senecio robbinsii 179-19-007   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it on grassy balds (in deep soil), at high elevations, in our area generally over metagabbro or amphibolite

Rare

Native to North Carolina

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Golden Ragwort, Heartleaf Ragwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Packera aurea   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Packera aurea   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Senecio aureus 179-19-008   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in moist forests, bottomlands, bogs, streambanks

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Roundleaf Ragwort, Roundleaf Groundsel, Spatulate-leaved Ragwort, Running Ragwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Packera obovata   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Packera obovata   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Senecio obovatus 179-19-009   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in nutrient-rich forests & woodlands (dry or moist), usually over calcareous or mafic rocks

Common in GA Mtns, uncommon or rare in Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Tansy Ragwort
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) -   FAMILY: Asteraceae
PLANTS National Database: Senecio jacobaea   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Non-native: Eurasia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Leopard's-bane, Southeastern Arnica
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Arnica acaulis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Arnica acaulis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Arnica acaulis 179-21-001   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in pine savannas, sandhills, clayey or sandy woodlands, powerline rights-of-way, roadbanks

Common (uncommon in Piedmont, rare in GA)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Woolly Sunbonnets, Pineland Daisy, Night-nodding Bog-dandelion, Sunbonnets
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Chaptalia tomentosa   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Chaptalia tomentosa   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Chaptalia tomentosa 179-22-001   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in savannas, sandhill seeps, pine flatwoods

Common (endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Stokes Aster, Stokesia, Blue Stokesia
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Stokesia laevis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Stokesia laevis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Stokesia laevis 179-23-001   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it - it's native in pitcherplant bogs & moist pinelands of FL-GA-SC, rather frequently grown as a garden plant & naturalized from cultivation at least in NC

Rare in Coastal Plain, a waif elsewhere (an endemic)

Native in pitcherpant bogs & moist pinelands of SC & GA, naturalized in NC

 


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Common Name: Meadow Knapweed
Weakley's Flora: (6/30/18) Centaurea ×moncktonii   FAMILY: Asteraceae
(?) PLANTS National Database: Centaurea ×moncktonii   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it on roadsides, disturbed areas

Rare

Non-native: Europe

 


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Common Name: Brown Knapweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Centaurea jacea   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Centaurea jacea   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it roadsides, disturbed areas

Rare in NC (increasing rapidly in VA)

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon Common Name: Tyrol Knapweed, Short-fringed Knapweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Centaurea nigrescens   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Centaurea nigrescens   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it roadsides, disturbed areas

Rare in NC (increasing rapidly in VA)

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Robin's Plantain
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Erigeron pulchellus 179-44-001   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it on moist slopes, in coves, limestone bluffs, trail margins, roadbanks

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Daisy Fleabane, Philadelphia Fleabane, Philadelphia-daisy, Common Fleabane
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Erigeron philadelphicus 179-44-002   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it on roadsides, in meadows, disturbed areas

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Fleabane, Oakleaf Fleabane
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Erigeron quercifolius   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Erigeron quercifolius   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Erigeron quercifolius 179-44-003   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it on sandy roadsides, disturbed areas

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Daisy Fleabane, Annual Fleabane
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Erigeron annuus   FAMILY: Asteraceae
(?) PLANTS National Database: Erigeron annuus   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Erigeron annuus 179-44-004   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it on roadsides, in disturbed areas, gardens

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Daisy Fleabane, Common Rough Fleabane, Prairie Fleabane, Slender Daisy Fleabane
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Erigeron strigosus var. strigosus   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Erigeron strigosus var. strigosus   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Erigeron strigosus 179-44-005   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it on roadsides, in disturbed areas, open woodlands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Whitetop Fleabane, Savanna Daisy Fleabane, Early Whitetop Fleabane
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Erigeron vernus   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Erigeron vernus   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Erigeron vernus 179-44-006   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in wet savannas, seepages, interdunal swales

Common in Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: South American Horseweed, Hairy Fleabane
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Erigeron bonariensis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Conyza bonariensis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Erigeron bonariensis 179-44-007   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Uncommon (rare in NC Piedmont)

Non-native: South America, apparently

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Common Horseweed
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Erigeron canadensis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Conyza canadensis var. canadensis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Erigeron canadensis var. canadensis 179-44-008a   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in old fields, disturbed areas, roadsides, gardens

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Southern Horseweed
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Erigeron pusillus   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Conyza canadensis var. pusilla   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Erigeron canadensis var. pusillus 179-44-008b   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it on dunes, brackish marsh edges, coastal sand flats, sand prairies, old fields, disturbed areas, barrens and glades

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Carolina Doll's Daisy, Boltonia
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Boltonia caroliniana   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Boltonia caroliniana   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Boltonia caroliniana 179-45-001   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in bottomlands, ditches, roadsides, prairies

Common in Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Doll's Daisy, Boltonia, Smallhead Doll's-daisy
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Boltonia diffusa var. diffusa   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Boltonia diffusa var. diffusa   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Boltonia caroliniana 179-45-001?   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in clay-based Carolina bays, roadsides, powerline rights-of-way, & other artificially open areas

Uncommon (rare in NC-SC)

Native to the Coastal Plain of South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Doll's Daisy, White Doll's Daisy, False Aster, Boltonia
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Boltonia asteroides var. glastifolia   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Boltonia asteroides var. asteroides   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Boltonia asteroides 179-45-002   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in marshes, ditches

Common (uncommon in GA, rare in Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Eastern Western-daisy, Entireleaf Western-daisy
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Astranthium integrifolium   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Astranthium integrifolium ssp. integrifolium   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in limestone glades

Rare in GA

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Toothed Whitetop Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Sericocarpus asteroides   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Sericocarpus asteroides   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster paternus 179-47-001   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in dry woodlands, thin soils around rock outcrops, sandhills, dry pinelands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Narrowleaf Whitetop Aster, Slender Whitetop Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Sericocarpus linifolius   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Sericocarpus linifolius   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster solidagineus 179-47-002   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in dry woodlands, sandhills

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Twisted-leaf Whitetop Aster, Dixie Whitetop Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Sericocarpus tortifolius   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Sericocarpus tortifolius   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster tortifolius 179-47-003   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in dry to mesic sandhills

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Piedmont Aster, Bouquet Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Eurybia mirabilis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Eurybia mirabilis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN (MISAPPLIED) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster commixtus 179-47-004   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in nutrient-rich bottomlands and moist slopes in the lower Piedmont

Rare

Native to the Carolinas

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Large-leaf Aster, Bigleaf Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Eurybia macrophylla   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Eurybia macrophylla   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster macrophyllus 179-47-005   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in moist to dryish forests, in NC mostly at moderate to high elevations, particularly in red oak forests on ridgetops

Common in NC Mountains, uncommon elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Schreber's Aster
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Eurybia schreberi   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Eurybia schreberi   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in mesic forests and seepage slopes

Uncommon

Native to e. Tennessee & north of the Carolinas

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: White Wood-aster, Woodland Aster, Common White Heart-leaved Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Eurybia divaricata   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Eurybia divaricata   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster divaricatus var. divaricatus 179-47-006a   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in moist to fairly dry forests & woodlands

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Blue Ridge White Heart-leaved Aster, Mountain Wood-aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Eurybia chlorolepis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Eurybia chlorolepis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster divaricatus var. chlorolepis 179-47-006b   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in northern hardwood forests, spruce-fir forests

Common in NC Mountains, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Symphyotrichum cordifolium   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Symphyotrichum cordifolium   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster cordifolius 179-47-007   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in rich forests, shaded roadbanks

Common (rare to uncommon in Piedmont & Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Smooth Heartleaf Aster, Lowrie's Blue Wood Aster, Lowrie's Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Symphyotrichum lowrieanum   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Symphyotrichum lowrieanum   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster cordifolius 179-47-007?   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in mesic to dry-mesic forests

Rare in GA & NC

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: White Arrowleaf Aster, Arrowleaf Blue Wood Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Symphyotrichum urophyllum   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Symphyotrichum urophyllum   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster sagittifolius 179-47-008   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Common (rare outside of Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Short's Aster, Midwestern Blue Heart-leaved Aster
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Symphyotrichum shortii   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Symphyotrichum shortii   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it on dry, rocky slopes

Rare in GA (historic in NC)

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Wavyleaf Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Symphyotrichum undulatum   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Symphyotrichum undulatum   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster undulatus 179-47-009   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in dry forests, woodlands, glades roadbanks

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Late Purple Aster, Common Clasping Aster, Late Blue Aster, Skydrop Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Symphyotrichum patens var. patens   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Symphyotrichum patens var. patens   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster patens 179-47-010   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in dry woodlands, roadsides, woodland edges, clearings, roadbanks

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Georgia Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Symphyotrichum georgianum   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Symphyotrichum georgianum   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster patens 179-47-010?   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in dry, rocky woodlands, woodland borders, roadbanks, powerline rights-of-way, primarily in places that formerly would have burned and likely been post oak or blackjack oak woodlands or savannas, also in thin soils around granitic flatrocks

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


drawing of Symphyotrichum phlogifolium, Appalachian Clasping Aster, Thinleaf Late Purple Aster need picture of leaf or frond of Symphyotrichum phlogifolium, Appalachian Clasping Aster, Thinleaf Late Purple Aster need picture of flower of Symphyotrichum phlogifolium, Appalachian Clasping Aster, Thinleaf Late Purple Aster need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Symphyotrichum phlogifolium, Appalachian Clasping Aster, Thinleaf Late Purple Aster need picture of fruit of Symphyotrichum phlogifolium, Appalachian Clasping Aster, Thinleaf Late Purple Aster
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Common Name: Appalachian Clasping Aster, Thinleaf Late Purple Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Symphyotrichum phlogifolium   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Symphyotrichum phlogifolium   FAMILY: Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster patens 179-47-010?   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in mesic, nutrient-rich mixed hardwood forests

Uncommon (rare in GA)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Whorled Wood Aster, Floral Wood Aster, Whorled Aster, Whorled Nodding-aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Oclemena acuminata   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Oclemena acuminata   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster acuminatus 179-47-011   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in spruce-fir forests, northern hardwood forests, mountain seepages and streambanks, other cool, moist situations

Common in NC Mountains, uncommon elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


drawing of Eurybia spectabilis, Low Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Aster need picture of leaf or frond of Eurybia spectabilis, Low Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Aster need picture of flower of Eurybia spectabilis, Low Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Aster need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Eurybia spectabilis, Low Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Aster need picture of fruit of Eurybia spectabilis, Low Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Aster
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Common Name: Low Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Eurybia spectabilis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Eurybia spectabilis   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster spectabilis 179-47-012   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in pine barrens, dry road banks

Rare

Native to the Carolinas

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Creeping Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Eurybia surculosa   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Eurybia surculosa   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster surculosus 179-47-013   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it on rock outcrops, in glades, rocky woodlands

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


drawing of Eurybia radula, Rough-leaved Aster, Low Rough Aster need picture of leaf or frond of Eurybia radula, Rough-leaved Aster, Low Rough Aster need picture of flower of Eurybia radula, Rough-leaved Aster, Low Rough Aster need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Eurybia radula, Rough-leaved Aster, Low Rough Aster need picture of fruit of Eurybia radula, Rough-leaved Aster, Low Rough Aster
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Common Name: Rough-leaved Aster, Low Rough Aster
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Eurybia radula   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Eurybia radula   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in circumneutral to calcareous wet meadows, possibly stream banks

Rare

Native north of the Carolinas

 


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camera icon Common Name: Savannah Grass-leaved Aster, Southern Swamp Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Eurybia paludosa   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Eurybia paludosa   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster paludosus 179-47-014   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in wet savannas, sandhill/pocosin ecotones

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Alexander's Rock Aster
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Eurybia avita   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Eurybia avita   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in shallow soils on granitic flatrocks and granitic domes where moist from seasonal seepage

Rare (endemic to the upper Piedmont)

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eryngo-leaved Aster, Thistleleaf Aster
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Eurybia eryngiifolia   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Eurybia eryngiifolia   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in wet pine savannas and pineland bogs

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Slender Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Eurybia compacta   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Eurybia compacta   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster gracilis 179-47-015   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in pine savannas

Uncommon (rare in Piedmont) (rare in GA)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Aromatic Aster, Shale-barren Aster
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Symphyotrichum oblongifolium   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Symphyotrichum oblongifolium   FAMILY: Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aster oblongifolius 179-47-016   FAMILY: Asteraceae

 

Look for it in rock outcrops & dry woodlands over limestone, calcareous shale

Rare in NC

Native to North Carolina

 


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