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Symphyotrichum georgianum

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Aster georgianus
  • Aster patens var. georgianus
Phonetic Spelling
sim-fy-oh-TRY-kum
Description

Georgia Aster is a native wildflower in the daisy family.  It is typically found in dry rocky woodlands or in disturbed areas. Threats to survival include elimination of habitat disturbance such as fire. Other threats include road construction and herbicide application.

It prefers full sun in well-drained soils. Use in perennial borders or native meadow gardens.

Pests: No serious pest problems.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#NC native#native wildflower#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#food source hard mast fruit#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#NC native#native wildflower#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#food source hard mast fruit#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Symphyotrichum
    Species:
    georgianum
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE USA
    Distribution:
    Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Dry,seed-like, hairy, less than 1/8 inch long. Displays from November to December
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Description:
    2-3 inch wide purplish to violet ray flowers surrounds the white to purplish disc flowers. Blooms from October to November
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Oblong to lance-shaped green leaves up to 3 inches long by 3/4 inch wide have smooth to serrated margins
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds