Wild Florida Photo - Symphyotrichum lateriflorum

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Symphyotrichum lateriflorum

CALICO ASTER

Synonym: Aster lateriflorus

Florida native

 

An occassional plant of bluff and floodplain forests and creek swamps in the panhandle and the north-central part of the Florida peninsula south to Lake and Seminole counties. Also ranges throughout the central and eastern United States and Ontario to Nova Scotia.
The up to half inch wide flowers appear in the fall and have 9-15 white ray flowers surrounding the central disk. The common name comes from the characteristic of the disk flowers changing from yellow to purple as they age.

 
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum is a member of the Asteraceae - Aster family.

Other species of the Symphyotrichum genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Symphyotrichum concolor - EASTERN SILVER ASTER
  View  Symphyotrichum carolinianum - CLIMBING ASTER
  View  Symphyotrichum elliottii - ELLIOTT'S ASTER
  View  Symphyotrichum simmondsii - SIMMONDS' ASTER


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