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Symphyotrichum tenuifolium (L.) Nesom
Perennial saltmarsh aster, Saltmarsh Aster
USDA Symbol: SYTE6
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AL , CT , DE , FL , GA , LA , MA , MD , ME , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , RI , SC , TX , VA Native Distribution:
Maine south along coast to Florida, and west to Texas. Native Habitat:
Salt or brackish marshes. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff