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Symphyotrichum ciliatum (Ledeb.) Nesom
Alkali American-aster, Rayless alkali aster, Rayless aster
Synonyms: Aster brachyactis, Brachyactis ciliata
USDA Symbol: SYCI2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The 6-28 in. stem of this annual may or may not be branched. Leaves are nearly linear, from 1-5 in. long; the lower falling off soon in the season. Flowers are numerous in an open spike-like cluster. Ray flower (petals) are usually not present. The disk flowers are followed by a soft seed head.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Sep
CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NY , OH , OK , PA , SD , UT , WA , WI , WY Canada: AB
, YT Native Distribution:
B.C. to Man. & MN, s. to n. WA, CO & MO Native Habitat:
Moist, saline, sandy soil along streams; swamps USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, saline, sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff