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Symphyotrichum urophyllum (White arrowleaf aster)
Smith, R.W.

Symphyotrichum urophyllum

Symphyotrichum urophyllum (Lindl.) G.L. Nesom

White Arrowleaf Aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Aster hirtellus, Aster sagittifolius, Aster sagittifolius var. urophyllus, Aster urophyllus


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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Ray florets usually white, sometimes pale pink to lilac or light blue. Disc florets whitish to cream, aging to pink.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: Woodland,Savanna,Forest Edge,Prairie/Meadow/Field

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sand, Loam


Use Wildlife: Butterflies, Bees
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

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


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

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