Symphyotrichum cordifolium - (Linnaeus) G. L. Nesom
Asteraceae (Sunflower) Family
Plant is a native herbaceous perennial that occurs throughout most of Alabama; mesic hardwood forests, ravines, along creeks, and in prairies. The Heartleaf Aster is a perennial from a branched rhizome. The stems are from 1-3 feet in height. They are usually reddish-purple in color and smooth.
The larger leaves are heart shaped with a toothed margin.
The flowers are produced in heads. The ray flowers range from sky blue through pale lavender, to almost white. The disc flowers are yellow turning to purple. Flowering occurs from October through December.
Fruit is achene.