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Symphyotrichum patens var. patens [= Aster patens]

Common Clasping Aster, Late Purple Aster

Scientific Name:

Symphyotrichum patens var. patens [= Aster patens]

Genus:

Symphyotrichum

Species Epithet:

patens var. patens

Common Name:

Common Clasping Aster, Late Purple 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

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

August, September, October, November

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry woodlands, roadsides, woodland edges, clearings, roadbanks. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

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:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Var. patens is the only variety of this species in NC (per Weakley 2015).

Blooms

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

Leaves

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

Buds

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

Plant

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Martha Baskin
Natahala, NC

Seeds

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Martha Baskin
Natahala, NC
Mid Oct

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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