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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Symphyotrichum shortii (Lindl.) Nesom
Synonyms: Aster shortii
USDA Symbol: sysh
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Blooming at the same time as Broadleaf Goldenrod (Solidago flexicalis), 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.
AL , AR , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MD , MI , MN , MS , NC , OH , PA , TN , VA , WI , 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 USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
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.
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Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff