Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2114

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare in GA & NC

Look for it in mesic to dry-mesic forests, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist ...Variable ...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 lowrieanum   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum lowrieanum   FAMILY Asteraceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Symphyotrichum cordifolium

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Southeastern States (Cronquist 1980, Isely 1990)
Aster lowrieanus

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-47-007?:
Aster cordifolius   FAMILY Asteraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Smooth Heartleaf Aster, Lowrie's Blue Wood Aster, Lowrie's Aster


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image of Symphyotrichum lowrieanum, Smooth Heartleaf Aster, Lowrie's Blue Wood Aster, Lowrie's Aster

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_aslo9_001_lvd

        

image of Symphyotrichum lowrieanum, Smooth Heartleaf Aster, Lowrie's Blue Wood Aster, Lowrie's Aster

Keith Bradley    kab_s_lowrieanum_2897

August    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest

Flower heads in ~ densely paniculiform arrays, per Flora of North America.

image of Symphyotrichum lowrieanum, Smooth Heartleaf Aster, Lowrie's Blue Wood Aster, Lowrie's Aster

JK Marlow    jkm161009_865

October    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Lvs thickish, a little succulent. Stem lvs contracted into winged petioles, per Britton & Brown's Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions (1913).

image of Symphyotrichum lowrieanum, Smooth Heartleaf Aster, Lowrie's Blue Wood Aster, Lowrie's Aster

JK Marlow    jkm161009_869

October    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Phyllaries with short (1-1.5x as long as wide) diamond-shaped green blaze, per Weakley's Flora (2015).


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