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Symphyotrichum ciliatum

Symphyotrichum ciliatum (Ledeb.) G.L. Nesom

Alkali American-aster, Rayless Alkali Aster, Rayless Aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Aster brachyactis, Brachyactis angusta, Brachyactis ciliata, Brachyactis ciliata ssp. angusta, Tripolium angustum

USDA Symbol: SYCI2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

The 6-28 in. stem of this annual may or may not be branched. Leaves are nearly linear, from 1-5 in. long; the lower falling off soon in the season. Flowers are numerous in an open spike-like cluster. Ray flower (petals) are usually not present. The disk flowers are followed by a soft seed head.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Sep


USA: CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NY , OH , OK , PA , SD , UT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , NB , NT , NU , ON , QC , SK , YT
Native Distribution: B.C. to Man. & MN, s. to n. WA, CO & MO
Native Habitat: Moist, saline, sandy soil along streams; swamps

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, saline, sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

National Wetland Indicator Status

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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