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Symphyotrichum subulatum (Michx.) G.L. Nesom
Eastern Annual Saltmarsh Aster, Baby's Breath Aster, Annual Aster, Blackland Aster, Hierba Del Marrano
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Aster subulatus, Aster subulatus var. euroauster, Aster subulatus var. obtusifolius
USDA Symbol: SYSU5
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual , Biennial
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Flower: Flowers 1/2 inch
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 , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Ray florets white, pink, or lavender. Disc florets yellow, sometimes tinged purple.
DistributionUSA: AL , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA
Canada: NB , ON , PE
Native Habitat: Ditches, Ravines, Depressions
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based
BenefitUse Ornamental: Garden, Shortgrass meadow, Can be mowed
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 1061 Collected Oct 4, 1995 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-192 Collected 2007-11-12 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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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 subulatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum subulatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Symphyotrichum subulatum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-27
Research By: TWC Staff