OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Symphyotrichum cordifolium   FAMILY Asteraceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum cordifolium   FAMILY Asteraceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Symphyotrichum cordifolium

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-47-007:
Aster cordifolius   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Aster cordifolius

 

COMMON NAME:
Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster


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image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asco4_001_lvd

        

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm160919_192

September    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

Phyllaries with lanceolate diamond-shaped blaze (2-3x long as wide), per Weakley's Flora (2015).


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE involucral bracts of North American asters

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm111008_749

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Flowers in a paniculate inflorescence, heads 1/2-3/4" wide, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm111008_753

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm121006_323

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Ray florets (8)10-16(20). Disc florets cream or light yellow becoming purple, per Flora of North America.

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm121024_695

October    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm121024_695b

October    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

Bract tips dark green. — Ron Lance

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm121024_702704

October    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

Basal & lower cauline leaves toothed, with slender petioles & cordate bases, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm121024_709

October    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

Distalmost leaves usually sessile or subsessile, margins serrate or entire, per Flora of North America.

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm111106_272

November    Jackson County    NC

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm111106_278

November    Jackson County    NC

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm211112_4891

November    Greenville County    SC

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm211112_4892b

November    Greenville County    SC

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm221108_0612

November    Greenville County    SC

image of Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster

JK Marlow    jkm221108_0614

November    Greenville County    SC

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Symphyotrichum cordifolium   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum cordifolium   FAMILY Asteraceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Symphyotrichum cordifolium

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-47-007:
Aster cordifolius   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Aster cordifolius

 

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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in Mountains, uncommon in Carolina Piedmont, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Habitat: Rich forests, shaded roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal leaves absent or withered at flowering)

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Blue/ Pale violet (rarely white)
Disc: Cream or light yellow becoming reddish-purple
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Inferior ovary

Flower heads in dense panicles

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Tan
Achene

 

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