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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. foliaceum
Symphyotrichum foliaceum (Lindl. ex DC.) G.L. Nesom var. foliaceum
Alpine Leafybract Aster, Leafy Aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Aster foliaceus, Aster foliaceus, Aster foliaceus var. sublinearis
USDA Symbol: SYFOF
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)
A widespread and variable species, Leafy Aster typically grows to almost 2 ft. with entire or slightly toothed, alternate leaves. The upper leaves are sessile and clasping, while the lower have long petioles. The flower heads may be solitary but are usually in clusters. Purple rays surround yellow-orange centers.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AK , MT , WA
Canada: AB , BC , NB , NS
Native Distribution: AK to CA, e. to MT & NM; also Lab. & e. Que., extending s. to alpine & subalpine areas of n. New England
Native Habitat: Moist, wooded places
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Moist soils.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Attracts orange sulfur, red admiral, comma, and skipper butterflies.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Start from seeds or pieces of the root crown.
Commercially Avail: yes
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. foliaceum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. foliaceum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. foliaceum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-20
Research By: TWC Staff