Symphyotrichum cordifolium (L.) Nesom - Heart-leaved Aster


 

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Symphyotrichum cordifolium - (image 1 of 4)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Asteraceae

Habitat

Woods and clearings.

Associates

 

Distribution

Nova Scotia to MN, south to VA, northern GA, northwest AL, and MO.

Morphology

Herbaceous perennial; stems 20-120 cm, glabrous below the inflorescence; leaves cordate, acuminate, deeply and sharply toothed, scabrous above and hirsute below, petiolate, the petiole scarcely or obscurely winged; involucral bracts obtuse to acute, the tip short and broad, the green tip short and broad, partly or wholly anthocyanic; rays 8-20, blue or purple to sometimes white, 5-10 mm.

Notes

Flowers  August to October

Wetland Indicator: NA

This is the common heart-leaved aster of woods in central NY and presumably elsewhere.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.

The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 


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