|Scientific Name||Symphyotrichum patens var. patens (Aster patens)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||SYPAP2|
|Common Name||Late Purple Aster||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||566339|
|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: SEINet, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and "Texas Wildflowers" by C. and L. Loughmiller.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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