Spreading Aster - Field Aster
(Georgia Aster - Common Clasping Aster - Late Purple Aster - Appalachian Clasping Aster - Phlox-leaf Aster)
Aster patens Var: georgianus (Alexander) G. L. Nesom
Syn: Symphyotrichum georgianum, Syn: phylogifolium
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth to hairy perennial with a rhizome from which new growth
emerges. Preferred habitat is prairies, roadsides, woodland edges and marshes.
Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; consisting of one whole part; upper leaves without stalks and lower leaves with short stalks; no teeth and no lobes to slightly toothed; tapers to the tip with sides less than equal; is wedge-shaped or sometimes graduates to a narrow point. Leaf base is eared, nearly clasping.

Flowers are at the end of new stems but sometimes may be clustered; symmetrical in shape. Disc flowers are bisexual and yellow; ray flowers are female; numerous and colored blue to violet. Flowers occur in the summer and autumn.

Plants have a tendency to spread its branches and to have fewer flowers than other asters, hence the name, “spreading.”

Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it (achene).

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