Carolinas and Georgia

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Symphyotrichum cordifolium   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum cordifolium   FAMILY Asteraceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Symphyotrichum cordifolium

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-47-007:
Aster cordifolius   FAMILY Asteraceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster


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Look for it in rich forests, shaded roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

Forb
Perennial

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

Common in Mountains, uncommon in Carolina Piedmont, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

 

partial shade shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal leaves absent or withered at flowering)

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Tan
Achene

 

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Symphyotrichum cordifolium   FAMILY Asteraceae

Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster