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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Symphyotrichum georgianum [= Aster georgianus, Aster patens var. georgianus]

George Aster,

Scientific Name:

Symphyotrichum georgianum [= Aster georgianus, Aster patens var. georgianus]

Genus:

Symphyotrichum

Species Epithet:

georgianum

Common Name:

George Aster,

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Blue, Purple

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

October, November

Growing Area:

Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Dry, rocky woodlands, woodland borders, roadbanks, powerline rights-of-way, primarily in places that formerly would have burned and likely been post oak or blackjack oak woodlands or savannas, also in thin soils around granitic flatrocks.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

Federal Status:

C - Candidate (*Key)

Notes:

Bluish-purple ray flowers and white disk flowers. Colonial.
Has been split from Symphyotrichum patens, which has yellow disk flowers more bluish ray flowers.

Brilliant purple flowers, small clasping leaves, and spreading bracts

Forsyth County NC (meadow garden)

Lisa Lofland Gould

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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

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

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

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SYGE



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