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Symphyotrichum oblongifolium [= Aster oblongifolius; includes var. angustatus]

Aromatic Aster

Scientific Name:

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium [= Aster oblongifolius; includes var. angustatus]

Genus:

Symphyotrichum

Species Epithet:

oblongifolium

Common Name:

Aromatic Aster

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Purple, Violet

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Rock outcrops and dry woodlands over limestone, calcareous shale. Very rare in NC Mountains.

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:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

Notes:

Purple ray flowers with yellow disk flowers. Cultivars available.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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

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

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



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