Symphyotrichum concolor (L.) G.L. Nesom - Eastern Silver Aster

Symphyotrichum concolor plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems:

Symphyotrichum concolor leavesStem covered with appressed leaves.

Leaves:

Symphyotrichum concolor leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Involucre:

Symphyotrichum concolor involucre

Ray flowers:

Symphyotrichum concolor flowers

Disk flowers:

N/A

Flowering - August - November, sometimes as early as July.

Habitat - Woodlands, thickets, old fields, pinelands, sandhills.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can be found scattered throughout much of Alabama. The plant is easy to identify in flower because the small, silvery leaves of the flowering scape are ascending and mostly appressed to the stem. This, combined with the bluish-pink flowers, makes the plant easy to ID in the field.
The genus name Symphyotrichum derives from the Greek "symphy(o)" meaning "coming together" and "trich(o)" meaning "hair" referring to ?, possibly the anthers of the flowers.
The species epithet concolor derives from the Latin "con" meaning "with, together" and "color" meaning "color." The name means "of uniform color" and refers to the leaves.

Alabama Distribution:

Symphyotrichum concolor map

Photographs taken at the Conecuh National Forest, AL., 10-23-04, and at Fort Benning, GA., 10-12-05.


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