Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1919

Forb
Perennial

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

Rare

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, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal withered by flowering)

FLOWER:
Fall
Rays: Blue/ Violet
Disc: White with purplish lobes
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Inferior ovary
Flower heads in panicles

FRUIT:
Fall
Achene

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Symphyotrichum georgianum   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum georgianum   FAMILY Asteraceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-47-010?:
Aster patens   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Aster georgianus

 

COMMON NAME:
Georgia Aster


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JK Marlow    jkm0410e_14

October    Greenville County    SC

Disc florets white w purplish lobes. Anthers purplish, pollen white, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm061028_010

October    Pickens County    SC

Phyllaries in 4-7 series, apices spreading or reflexed, often purplish, per Flora of North America.


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

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JK Marlow    jkm061028_013

October    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm061028_015

October    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm071018_017

October    Anderson County    SC

Clemson Forest

Mid-stem leaves clasping to auriculate-clasping, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Symphyotrichum georgianum

JK Marlow    jkm071018_019

October    Anderson County    SC

Clemson Forest

Heads 4-5(-6)cm across (ray tip to ray tip), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Symphyotrichum georgianum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_s_georgianum

October        

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JK Marlow    jkm111113_405

November    Union County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District