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

Look for it in forests, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal mostly withered by 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

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum retroflexum   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-47-024:
Aster curtisii   FAMILY Asteraceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Curtis' Aster


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JK Marlow    jkm130922_493

September    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

13-30 blue to purple rays Disc florets cream to pale yellow becoming pinkish, per Flora of North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm130922_497b

September    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Readily recognized by the green, leafy, strongly recurved, involucral bracts, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


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

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JK Marlow    jkm130922_500

September    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Leaf margins serrulate or entire, per Flora of North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm130922_501

September    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

A Southern Appalachian Aster found in only 4 states, one of NC's most showy, per Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition.

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JK Marlow    jkm130922_502b

September    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Phyllaries spreading to squarrose (outer foliaceous), per Flora of North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm140907_359

September    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm140907_361

September    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm131009_854

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm131009_856

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Stem leaves smooth & glabrous on both surfaces (or slightly pubescent beneath), per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm131009_861

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm131009_861b

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm131009_868

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm131009_870

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm131009_885

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Bases cuneate, scarcely or not clasping, to slightly rounded and ± clasping, per Flora of North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm131029_068

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm131029_068b

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm131029_080b

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm131029_084

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Pappus whitish to reddish, 5.3-6 mm, per Flora of North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm131029_088

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm131029_096

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm131029_138

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm131029_143

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm131029_147

October    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm151024_543

October    Greenville County    SC

Blue Wall Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm151024_546

October    Greenville County    SC

Blue Wall Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm151024_550

October    Greenville County    SC

Blue Wall Preserve