Symphyotrichum racemosum (Elliott) G.L. Nesom
Smooth White Oldfield Aster, Small-flower White 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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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
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
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 racemosum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum racemosum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Symphyotrichum racemosum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-27
Research By: TWC Staff