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Asteraceae / Aster
Late Purple Aster (Symphyotrichum patens)
Late Purple Aster is also known as Clasping Aster. Formerly known as Aster patens.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 150cm in height (59inches). Commonly less than half that height. The stem is thin and week and usually not branched below the pedicels which are long with many small bracts.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Leaves can reach 15cm in length (6inches). Usually much smaller. Each leaf is entire with clasping cordate base. They are generally somewhat hairy especially on the underside.
Flowers: The flowers have numerous parts and are up to 3.5cm wide (1.4 inches). They are blue sometimes pink, disk yellow. Blooms first appear in late summer and continue into mid fall. There are from fifteen to over thirty rays.
Habitat: Dry areas both wooded and open.
Range: Eastern Kansas and Texas to north Florida and north to Maine

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By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Asteridae
Aster
||Family
Asteraceae
Aster
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Symphyotrichum

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