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

Look for it in dry forests, woodlands, glades roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal withered by flowering, sometimes new rosette)
Upper stem leaves clasping, lower stem leaves petiolate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Blue/ Pale violet (rarely white)
Disc: Whitish-yellow becoming reddish-purple
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Inferior ovary
Flower heads in loose panicles

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Tan
Achene

 

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

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 (1968) 179-47-009:
Aster undulatus   FAMILY Asteraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Wavyleaf Aster


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image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asun2_001_lvd

        

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm150912_992

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

Lowest stem leaves cordate, petiolate and auriculate clasping, per Connecticut Botanical Society.

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm111008_738

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm111008_742

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Cauline leaf blades sessile and cordate-clasping, and/or... [see next photo]

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm111008_744

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

[continued] ... petiolate, petiole strongly dilated to a cordate-clasping base, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm111008_745

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Leaves untoothed or weakly toothed, often wavy margined. — Ron Lance

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm131002_788

October    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Mid- & upper stem lvs cordate or auriculate-clasping and undulate (wavy), per Connecticut Botanical Society.

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm131002_788b

October    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm131002_789

October    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm131002_797

October    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm131002_799

October    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Loose panicles of blue to violet flowers, rays 12-20. — Ron Lance

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm131002_813

October    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Its leaves are rough, essentially entire, and have wavy margins, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm131002_825

October    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm151009_412b

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Phyllaries appressed, green blaze lanceolate to elongate diamond-shaped, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Symphyotrichum undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm151009_413b

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Bracts pale with green diamond-shaped band near apex or along entire midrib, 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 undulatum

JK Marlow    jkm151009_416

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Stem densely puberulent, rarely glabrous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.