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 old fields, disturbed areas, woodland borders, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: White
Disc: Yellow becoming reddish-purple
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Flower heads with 20-30 ray flowers
Inferior ovary
Flower heads in bushy many-headed 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 pilosum var. pilosum   FAMILY Asteraceae

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

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-47-032:
Aster pilosus   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Aster pilosus var. pilosus

 

COMMON NAME:
Frost Aster, White Heath Aster


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picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm160103_084

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm160103_091

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm160103_093

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm110308_794

March    Greenville County    SC

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm110308_799

March    Greenville County    SC

Basal lvs oblanceolate, petioled, 1-4" lng. Basal & lower lvs wither early, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm120920_051

September    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Stem stout at base, long hairs often in lines on the upper stem, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm120920_053

September    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Heads 1/2-3/4" wide with 20-30 rays and yellow or red disks, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm120930_169

September    Greenville County    SC

Inflorescence a diffuse panicle w many small sharp-pointed bract-like leaves, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm120930_174

September    Greenville County    SC

Involucral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, the apex acicular [needle-like], per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm140917_822

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

Gill Newberry    gn10_a_pilosus_branch

October        

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

Gill Newberry    gn10_a_pilosus_head

October        

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm111008_869

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm111008_873

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Leaves of lower stem sessile or tapered to a short petiole, hairy. — Ron Lance

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm151227_877

December    Pickens County    SC

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm151227_884887

December    Pickens County    SC

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm151227_891

December    Pickens County    SC

picture of Aster pilosus, image of Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm151227_893

December    Pickens County    SC