Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3553

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Rare

Look for it in mesic hardwood forests, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, rarely basal

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Blue/ Violet
Disc: Yellow becoming reddish-purple
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Inferior ovary
Flower heads in panicles

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Achene

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve   FAMILY Asteraceae

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-47-025a:
Aster laevis var. laevis   FAMILY Asteraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Smooth Blue Aster