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Ampelaster carolinianus

Common Name(s):
Climbing aster
Categories:
Herbs, Native Plants, Vines, Wildflowers
Comment:

Ampelaster carolinianus or Climbing aster is a herbaceous perennial that can climb to heights greater than 10 feet. It prefers to sprawl over the tops of fence posts or other plants. In the late summer and fall, it produces pink to purple blooms with yellow centers.

Regions:  Coastal plains.

Seasons of Interest: 

             Blooms: Late summer, fall         

Wildlife Value:  This plant is moderately deer resistant. It is the host plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly. Its flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Songbirds and small mammals eat the seeds.

 

Season:
Perennial
Light:
Sun, part shade
Height:
10-12 ft.
Foliage:
The leaves of the Climbing aster are simple, alternate and narrowly oval.
Flower:
The Climbing aster has pink to purple blooms in late summer into fall.
Zones:
6-10
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
The Climbing aster prefers a sunny wet site of optimum growth.
Texture:
Medium
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade, wet to dry soil
Fruit:
Pink to purple flowers in October-November
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Climbing Method:
Both woody and vining; scrambler
Tags:
ncemgva2018, deciduous, perennial, vine, songbirds, highly beneficial coastal plants, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 446

Aster carolinianus Flower detail
Ampelaster carolinianus Ampleaster carolinianus growth habit
Photo by Javier Alejandro, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0