Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3558

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Common in NC (uncommon in SC Piedmont, rare in SC Coastal Plain)

Look for it in dry woodlands, forest edges; roadbanks and powerline rights-of-way, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal withered by flowering)

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Violet
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 leafy many-headed panicles

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Dark 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 grandiflorum   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum grandiflorum   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-47-018:
Aster grandiflorus   FAMILY Asteraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Big-headed Aster, Rough Aster, Large-headed Aster