Symphyotrichum tenuifolium (L.) G.L. Nesom
Perennial Saltmarsh Aster, Saltmarsh Aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Aster tenuifolius
USDA Symbol: syte6
A weak straggly plant with widely spreading branches, slender rhizomes, and few flower heads with numerous white or pale purple rays.
Although this perennial aster has few flowers, it forms conspicuous masses in the brackish tidal marshes where all other large-flowered species are absent. Annual Saltmarsh Aster (S. subulatum) has many smaller flower heads, 1/4-1/2" (6-13 mm) wide.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , CT , DE , FL , GA , LA , MA , MD , ME , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , RI , SC , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Maine south along coast to Florida, and west to Texas.
Native Habitat: Salt or brackish marshes.
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 tenuifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum tenuifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-03-20
Research By: TWC Staff