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Symphyotrichum pratense (Barrens silky aster)
Rechentin, C.A.

Symphyotrichum pratense

Symphyotrichum pratense (Raf.) G.L. Nesom

Barrens Silky Aster, Meadow Aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Aster phyllolepis, Aster pratensis, Aster sericeus var. microphyllus, Lasallea sericea ssp. pratensis, Virgulus pratensis

USDA Symbol: SYPR7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
Flower: Flower 1 1/4 inch
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , KY , LA , MS , TN , TX , VA
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas, Ditches, Ravines, Depressions

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Clay, Clay Loam, Medium Loam, Sandy Loam, Sandy, Limestone-based, Calcareous, Caliche type.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Web Reference

Webref 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 resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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