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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum (L.) A.& D. Löve
Purplestem aster, Red-stem aster, Swamp aster
Synonyms: Aster puniceus
USDA Symbol: SYPUP
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This is a variable plant, but the typical form has bristly, purplish stems; toothed, lance-shaped leaves; and many light-violet or violet-blue rays (petals) surrounding a yellow center. Red-stem aster is a stout plant growing 2-7 ft. tall.
Resembles a large and lighter coloured New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angleae). (Ontario Native Plants 2002)
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
AL , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Nf. to Ont., MN & ND, s. to GA, TN & s. MO Native Habitat:
Wet, frequently calcareous, thickets USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Damp soils
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds, 5/8 deep, outside in fall or provide cold stratification. Also propagated by softwood cuttings taken in late spring.
Seed Collection: Approximate collection date in northern U.S.: late Oct.
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery
- Orefield, PA
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Record Modified: 2010-05-02
Research By: TWC Staff