Ampelaster carolinianus (Walter) G.L. Nesom
Climbing Aster, Climbing-aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Aster carolinianus, Lasallea caroliniana, Virgulus carolinianus
USDA Symbol: AMCA14
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
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 InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Wet to dry sands.
PropagationCommercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ampelaster carolinianus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ampelaster carolinianus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ampelaster carolinianus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-09-30
Research By: TWC Staff