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Symphyotrichum tenuifolium (L.) G.L. Nesom
Perennial saltmarsh aster, Saltmarsh Aster
Synonym(s): Aster tenuifolius
USDA Symbol: SYTE6
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A weak straggly plant with widely spreading branches, slender rhizomes, and few flower heads with numerous white or pale purple rays.
Although this perennial aster has few flowers, it forms conspicuous masses in the brackish tidal marshes where all other large-flowered species are absent. Annual Saltmarsh Aster (S. subulatum) has many smaller flower heads, 1/4-1/2 (6-13 mm) wide.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
, VA Native Distribution:
Maine south along coast to Florida, and west to Texas. Native Habitat:
Salt or brackish marshes.
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| OBL || OBL || OBL |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff