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Symphyotrichum lateriflorum [= Aster lateriflorus]

Starved Aster, Calico Aster, Calico American-aster

Scientific Name:

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum [= Aster lateriflorus]

Genus:

Symphyotrichum

Species Epithet:

lateriflorum

Common Name:

Starved Aster, Calico Aster, Calico American-aster

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink, Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

September, October, November

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

“Moist, seasonally or irregularly inundated soils of floodplain forests, bottomlands, swamp forests, marshes, damp meadows, and moist clearings. It does grow into uplands, though usually not far from a wetland and usually in moist or rich soil” (Vascular Plants of NC).

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

White to purple/pinkish ray flowers, with yellow disk flowers turning maroon. Cultivars available.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/symphyotrichum-lateriflorum/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/symphyotrichum/lateriflorum/



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