Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


165

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Common

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

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal withered by flowering)

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Blue/ Violet (rarely white)
Disc: Yellow becoming reddish-purple
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Inferior ovary
Flower heads in 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 prenanthoides   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum prenanthoides   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-47-022:
Aster prenanthoides   FAMILY Asteraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Crooked-stemmed Aster, Zigzag Aster


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picture of Aster prenanthoides, image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_aspr4_001_lvd

        

picture of Aster prenanthoides, image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides

JK Marlow    jkm121006_305

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

picture of Aster prenanthoides, image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides

JK Marlow    jkm121006_309

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Leaves taper to a long winged petiole-like base w clasping auricular lobes, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Aster prenanthoides, image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides

JK Marlow    jkm121006_314

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

picture of Aster prenanthoides, image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides

JK Marlow    jkm121006_315

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Stem zigzags, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

picture of Aster prenanthoides, image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides

JK Marlow    jkm121006_327

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Disc florets cream-colored or light yellow becoming purple or brown, per Flora of North America.

picture of Aster prenanthoides, image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides

JK Marlow    jkm121006_328

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

The 1" heads have 20-35 blue or lavender rays, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Aster prenanthoides, image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides

JK Marlow    jkm121006_328329

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Long-pointed ovate-lanceolate sharply toothed blades taper below the middle, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.