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Symphyotrichum retroflexum [= Aster curtisii]

Rigid Whitetop Aster

Scientific Name:

Symphyotrichum retroflexum [= Aster curtisii]

Genus:

Symphyotrichum

Species Epithet:

retroflexum

Common Name:

Rigid Whitetop Aster

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue, Purple

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Forests. Common in NC Mountains.

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

Plant

image

Martha Baskin
Natahala, NC

Blooms

image

Martha Baskin
Natahala, NC

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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