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Symphyotrichum cordifolium (L.) Nesom
Broad-leaved aster, Common blue wood aster, Heartleaf aster
Synonyms: Aster cordifolius
USDA Symbol: SYCO4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The broad-leaved aster grows to 4 feet tall with many branches. Leaves are simple, alternate. There are 10–15 ray flowers, light blue to purple or sometimes white 1/8–1/2 inch long, with a yellow center.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Gray-Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB
, QC Native Habitat:
upland meadow, upland forests USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Clay, Loam, Sand
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DE
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Record Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: TWC Staff