Symphyotrichum species

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Scientific Name Symphyotrichum patens var. patens (Aster patens) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Late Purple Aster ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet References
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Description Habitat: Open open oak and pine woods, woodlands, grasslands, fields, roadsides, disturbed areas; dry, sandy, loamy, shaley, or clayey soils.
Plant: Spreading, slender perennial, stems 1 to 3 feet long.
Leaves: Thick, glandular (sticky), leaves; basal are spatulate to obovate; stem leaves alternate, cordate-clasping or sessile, lower ovate to lanceolate, 1 to 2-1/2 inches long; upper leaves much shorter and narrowly ovate.
Inflorescence: Composite flower heads in an open panicle each 3/4 to 1-1/4 inches across, with 12 to 24 or more purple-blue ray florets and 20 to 50 yellow, cream, or white turning purple disk florets; bell-shaped involucre with pointed and recurved phyllaries.
Blooming Period: September-November.
References: Descr. adapted from SEINet, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and "Texas Wildflowers" by C. and L. Loughmiller.
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Scientific Name Symphyotrichum pratense (Aster pratensis) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Barrens Silky Aster, Meadow Aster ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Woodland edges and openings, thickets; sandy or sandy loam soils.
Plant: Erect perennial up to 20 to 32 inches tall, slender, stiff stems, slightly hairy; branched in upper portions.
Leaves: Along upper portions of branches by flowering time, alternate, sessile, oblong-lanceolate, 1/2 to 1-1/4 inches long, covered with tiny hairs; pointed tips.
Inflorescence: Composite flower heads atop branches, each about 1-1/2 inches across, with 15 to 25 purple or violet rays; 16 to 34 disk florets, cream or white turning darker; broadly-lance shaped, green, leafy phyllaries with pointed tips and hairy edges.
Blooming Period: September-November.
References: Descr. adapted from "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and SEINet.
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