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Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (Calico aster)
Smith, R.W.

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (L.) Á. Löve & D. Löve

Calico aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: SYLA4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Several small flower heads of white or pale purple ray flowers surrounding yellow or purple disk flowers are on one side of straggly, divergent branches.

This is one of a group of closely related white, narrow-leaved asters that presumably interbreed and are difficult to distinguish. The common name refers to the fact that the heads are at first yellow and later turn purplish-red, so that flowers on one plant and even a single head may include both colors at the same time.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC
Native Distribution: Ontario to Nova Scotia south through New England to Georgia; west to Tennessee and Arkansas; north to Minnesota.
Native Habitat: Fields, thickets.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

American Native Nursery - Quakertown, PA
Toadshade Wildflower Farm - Frenchtown, NJ
Prairie Nursery - Westfield, WI
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store


* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Symphyotrichum lateriflorum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum lateriflorum in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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