Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain south of VA)

Look for it in bogs, seeps, ditches, wet meadows, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal withered by flowering)

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Light blue-violet
Disc: Yellow becoming reddish-purple
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Inferior ovary
Flower heads in panicles

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum   FAMILY Asteraceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-47-020:
Aster puniceus   FAMILY Asteraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Purple-stemmed Aster, Swamp Aster


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_aspu5_001_lvd

        

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm130114_152

January    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm130225_356

February    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm160502_054

May    Jackson County    SC

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm130927_544

September    Transylvania County    NC

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm130927_553

September    Transylvania County    NC

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm130927_554

September    Transylvania County    NC

Numerous light blue or lavender rays; disk flowers pale yellow or red, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm130927_556

September    Transylvania County    NC

Involucres hemispheric to campanulate; bracts green, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE involucral bracts of North American asters

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm140913_702

September    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm140913_705

September    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Stems densely pubescent, usually purplish, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm150912_114

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

Gill Newberry    gn10_a_puniceus_habitat

October        

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

Gill Newberry    gn10_a_puniceus_with_bee

October        

Pollinator at work.

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm121024_692

October    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

Leaves lanceolate, auriculate-clasping, usually toothed, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm121024_693

October    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm111106_240

November    Jackson County    NC

A tall handsome plant thriving in moist habitats, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum

JK Marlow    jkm111106_263

November    Jackson County    NC

Stems purplish, with spreading hairs, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.