Synonym:  Aster puniceus  L.

              

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Plants of mesic woods and clearings, swamps, roadside ditches, wet meadows, pond shores and thickets.  Flowers mid-August through September.  Native.  Our plants are:

[ Symphyotrichum puniceum  (L.)  Á.  Löve  and  D.  Löve  var.  puniceum  ]

Perennials.  Stems are solitary or clustered from a branched caudex or from short rhizomes; typically densely pubescent throughout with stiff hairs.  (Plants with stems that are sparsely pubescent to nearly glabrous may occasionally be found.)  Typical height is from 3 to 5+ feet.

The inflorescence is many-branched, often tall, round-topped or  peaked.  Branching often begins below mid-stem.

Flower heads are radiate.  Rays are pale blue-violet.  Disc floret corollas are yellow, turning reddish with age.  Involucral bracts are long and slender, often spreading and recurved.

Basal and lowermost stem leaves are usually deciduous by flowering.  Mid- to upper stem leaves are lanceolate or oblanceolate, often toothed, tapered gradually toward the base, or not at all.  Leaf bases are auriculate clasping.

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Similar species:  Symphyotrichum-prenanthoides and S. firmum.
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