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 puniceum var. puniceum   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum   FAMILY Asteraceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-47-020:
Aster puniceus   FAMILY Asteraceae

(?) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Aster conduplicatus

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Aster puniceus

 

COMMON NAME:
Purplestem Aster, Swamp Aster


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Look for it in bogs, seeps, ditches, wet meadows, per Weakley's Flora

Forb
Perennial

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

Common (rare in Coastal Plain, rare in GA Piedmont)

 

full sun partial shade ...Wet

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

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Blue-violet
Disc: Yellow or cream becoming reddish-purple
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Inferior ovary
Flower heads in loose leafy panicles

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Achene

 

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Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum   FAMILY Asteraceae

Purplestem Aster, Swamp Aster