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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. foliaceum (DC.) Nesom
Alpine leafybract aster, Leafy aster
Synonyms: Aster foliaceus
USDA Symbol: SYFOF
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A widespread and variable species, leafy aster typically grows to 3 ft. with entire or slightly toothed, alternate leaves. The upper leaves are sessile and clasping, while the lower have long petioles. The flower heads may be solitary but are usually in clusters. Purple rays surround yellow-orange centers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
AK , MT , WA Canada: AB
, NS Native Distribution:
AK to CA, e. to MT & NM; also Lab. & e. Que., extending s. to alpine & subalpine areas of n. New England Native Habitat:
Moist, wooded places USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Wildlife: Attracts orange sulfur, red admiral, comma, and skipper butterflies.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Start from seeds or pieces of the root crown.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff