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Symphyotrichum tenuifolium (Perennial saltmarsh aster) | NPIN

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Symphyotrichum tenuifolium

Symphyotrichum tenuifolium (L.) G.L. Nesom

Perennial saltmarsh aster, Saltmarsh Aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: 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.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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USDA: Find Symphyotrichum tenuifolium in USDA Plants
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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