Symphyotrichum racemosum (Elliott) G.L. Nesom
Small-flower White Aster, Smooth White Oldfield Aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Aster brachypholis, Aster fragilis, Aster fragilis var. brachypholis, Aster fragilis var. subdumosus, Aster racemosus, Aster vimineus, Aster vimineus var. subdumosus, Symphyotrichum racemosum var. subdumosum
USDA Symbol: SYRA5
Numerous flower heads with white rays surrounding a yellowish to pinkish central disc; heads mostly clustered along one side of widely diverging branches on a smooth, slender, purple-tinged stem.
The many small-flowered asters found in eastern North America are often difficult to distinguish from one another, as are many of the large-flowered species.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MD , ME , MO , MS , NC , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WV
Native Distribution: Quebec and New Brunswick south to Florida, west to Texas, and northeast to Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio.
Native Habitat: Dry to moist fields, meadows, forests, and shorelines.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Symphyotrichum racemosum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum racemosum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Symphyotrichum racemosum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff