Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2641

Shrub; Woody vine
Perennial

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

Uncommon in GA & SC, rare in NC

Look for it in swamps, thickets, marshes, streambanks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous to evergreen by production of new growth
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Purplish-blue
Disc: Yellow becoming rose-purple
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Flower heads with 50-70 ray flowers
Inferior ovary
Flower heads in many-headed 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):
Ampelaster carolinianus   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ampelaster carolinianus   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-47-026:
Aster carolinianus   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida (Wunderlin & Hansen, 2003)
Symphyotrichum carolinianum

 

COMMON NAME:
Climbing Aster


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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_carolinianus_1

November    Catawba County    NC

In cultivation

Woody stems and a sprawling habit, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Ampelaster carolinianus

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_carolinianus_1b

November    Catawba County    NC

In cultivation

Involucral bracts whitish, green with dark green foliaceous apices, 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 Ampelaster carolinianus

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_carolinianus_2

November    Catawba County    NC

In cultivation

Leaves lance-shaped, clasping at base, 1.5-4" long, typically < 1.25" wide, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Ampelaster carolinianus

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_carolinianus_3

November    Catawba County    NC

In cultivation

50-70 rays per hd. Disc flwrs yellow, turn red presumably after pollination, per Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition.

image of Ampelaster carolinianus

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_carolinianus_4

November    Catawba County    NC

In cultivation