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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Symphyotrichum shortii (Lindl.) G.L. Nesom
Synonym(s): Aster camptosorus, Aster shortii
USDA Symbol: SYSH
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Blooming at the same time as Broadleaf Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis), this woodland aster can suffuse a Southeastern forest or shady garden in a purple mist of blooms in the autumn. The centers of the flowers start out yellow but turn brick red after pollination. It will self-sow and spread throughout an area, but individual plants are short-lived. It attracts an array of pollinators and seed eaters.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Inflorescence: Head Flower: Flower
1 inch across
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color:
Purple Bloom Time:
Sep , Oct Bloom Notes: Flower
centers (disc flowers) open yellow but turn dark red after pollination.
, WV Canada: ON Native Distribution:
eastern US, Zones 6 to 8 Native Habitat:
Savannah, Forest Edge, Prairie/Meadow/Field, in shaded or partially shaded spots
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: rich, acid sands and loams; tolerates lime
BenefitUse Ornamental: Flowers add clouds of purple to the shady Southeastern woodland garden.
Use Wildlife: Flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Seeds attract cardinals, finches, grosbeaks, sparrows, thrashers, towhees, chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, and turkeys.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies , Hummingbirds
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Seed Collection: Matures in mid- to late fall.
Maintenance: Short-lived so allow to seed out where you want it to continue.
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:
Mt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-09
Research By: TWC Staff