OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Symphyotrichum prenanthoides   FAMILY Asteraceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum prenanthoides   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Symphyotrichum prenanthoides

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-47-022:
Aster prenanthoides   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Aster prenanthoides

 

COMMON NAME:
Zigzag Aster, Crooked-stem Aster


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image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides, Zigzag Aster, Crooked-stem Aster

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

        

image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides, Zigzag Aster, Crooked-stem Aster

JK Marlow    jkm121006_305

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides, Zigzag Aster, Crooked-stem Aster

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.

image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides, Zigzag Aster, Crooked-stem Aster

JK Marlow    jkm121006_314

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides, Zigzag Aster, Crooked-stem Aster

JK Marlow    jkm121006_315

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Stem zigzags, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides, Zigzag Aster, Crooked-stem Aster

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.

image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides, Zigzag Aster, Crooked-stem Aster

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.

image of Symphyotrichum prenanthoides, Zigzag Aster, Crooked-stem Aster

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.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Symphyotrichum prenanthoides   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum prenanthoides   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Symphyotrichum prenanthoides

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-47-022:
Aster prenanthoides   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Aster prenanthoides

 

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165

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina

Common in NC Mountains

Habitat: Moist or wet forests, roadbanks, fields, per Weakley's Flora

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

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Blue/ Violet (rarely white)
Disc: Cream or yellow becoming purple or brown
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Inferior ovary

Flower heads in broad, ± flat, corymb-panicle-like arrays, branches spreading to ascending

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Achene

 

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