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Symphyotrichum undulatum (Wavyleaf aster)
Cressler, Alan

Symphyotrichum undulatum

Symphyotrichum undulatum (L.) G.L. Nesom

Wavyleaf Aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Aster asperifolius, Aster claviger, Aster corrigiatus, Aster diversifolius, Aster gracilescens, Aster linguiformis, Aster loriformis, Aster mohrii, Aster proteus, Aster sylvestris, Aster triangularis, Aster truellius, Aster undulatus, Aster undulatus var. asperulus, Aster undulatus var. diversifolius, Aster undulatus var. loriformis, Aster undulatus var. triangularis


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A stiff, very rough stem bearing spreading branches and loose clusters of flower heads with lavender, violet, or pale blue rays.

There are several varieties of this plant, differing only in the outline of the leaves. The broadly winged leafstalks are particularly noteworthy.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AL , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON , QC
Native Distribution: Ontario; Nova Scotia and Maine south to Florida, west to Louisiana, and north to Tennessee and Illinois.
Native Habitat: Dry woods, thickets, and clearings.

Growing Conditions

Soil Moisture: Dry


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Pearl Crescent
(Phyciodes tharos)

Larval Host
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Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-08-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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