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Ampelaster carolinianus (Climbing aster)
Cressler, Alan

Ampelaster carolinianus

Ampelaster carolinianus (Walter) G.L. Nesom

Climbing Aster, Climbing-aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Aster carolinianus, Lasallea caroliniana, Virgulus carolinianus

USDA Symbol: AMCA14

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A sparsely branched plant with a woody stem and branches. Climbs to 6-12 ft. or more, tangling on its own slender stems. Leaves are simple, alternate and narrowly oval. Lavender-pink, aster-like flowers are subtended by whitish-green bracts. They form at the ends of the many small branches and are large and numerous.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Notes: Climber, stems up to about 12 feet long.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct


USA: FL , GA , NC , SC
Native Distribution: Coastal plain and piedmont from NC to FL
Native Habitat: Varies from swamps & wet shores to open, dry, sandy woods

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Wet to dry sands.


Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: 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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Ampelaster carolinianus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ampelaster carolinianus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ampelaster carolinianus


Record Modified: 2022-09-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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