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Symphyotrichum frondosum

Symphyotrichum frondosum (Nutt.) G.L. Nesom

Short-Rayed Alkali Aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Aster frondosus, Brachyactis frondosa, Tripolium frondosum

USDA Symbol: SYFR2

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC

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.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2019-05-17
Research By: CBR

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