Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

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

Common (rare to uncommon in Piedmont & Coastal Plain)

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

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partial shade shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal withered by flowering)

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Tan
Achene

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Symphyotrichum cordifolium   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum cordifolium   FAMILY Asteraceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-47-007:
Aster cordifolius   FAMILY Asteraceae

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

LESS THAN Flora of North America
Symphyotrichum cordifolium

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Blue Wood Aster, Heart-leaved Aster


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picture of Aster cordifolius, image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asco4_001_lvd

        

picture of Aster cordifolius, image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium

JK Marlow    jkm160919_192

September    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

Phyllaries with lanceolate diamond-shaped blaze (2-3x long as wide), per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE involucral bracts of North American asters

picture of Aster cordifolius, image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium

JK Marlow    jkm111008_749

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Flowers in a paniculate inflorescence, heads 1/2-3/4" wide, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Aster cordifolius, image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium

JK Marlow    jkm111008_753

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

picture of Aster cordifolius, image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium

JK Marlow    jkm121006_323

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Ray florets (8)10-16(20). Disc florets cream or light yellow becoming purple, per Flora of North America.

picture of Aster cordifolius, image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium

JK Marlow    jkm121024_695

October    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

picture of Aster cordifolius, image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium

JK Marlow    jkm121024_695b

October    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

Bract tips dark green. — Ron Lance

picture of Aster cordifolius, image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium

JK Marlow    jkm121024_702704

October    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

Basal & lower cauline leaves toothed, with slender petioles & cordate bases, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Aster cordifolius, image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium

JK Marlow    jkm121024_709

October    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

Distalmost leaves usually sessile or subsessile, margins serrate or entire, per Flora of North America.

picture of Aster cordifolius, image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium

JK Marlow    jkm111106_272

November    Jackson County    NC

picture of Aster cordifolius, image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium

JK Marlow    jkm111106_278

November    Jackson County    NC