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Symphyotrichum laeve var. purpuratum

Symphyotrichum laeve (L.) Á. Löve & D. Löve var. purpuratum (Nees) G.L. Nesom

Smooth Blue Aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Aster attenuatus, Aster laevis var. purpuratus, Aster purpuratus, Aster virgatus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 4 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 , Yellow , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , GA , LA , MS , TX

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 laeve var. purpuratum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum laeve var. purpuratum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Symphyotrichum laeve var. purpuratum


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

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