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 retroflexum   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum retroflexum   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Symphyotrichum retroflexum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Aster retroflexus

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-47-024:
Aster curtisii   FAMILY Asteraceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Curtis's Aster, Rigid Whitetop Aster


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Look for it in moist forests, per Weakley's Flora

Forb
Perennial

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

Common in Mountains

 

full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable

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

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Blue/ Violet
Disc: Whitish becoming purplish
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Flower heads with 13-30 ray flowers
Inferior ovary
Flower heads in loose many-headed panicles

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Achene

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Symphyotrichum retroflexum   FAMILY Asteraceae

Curtis's Aster, Rigid Whitetop Aster