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Symphyotrichum puniceum

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: rich, average, loam, clay, sand

Height: 2'-8'

Bloom Time: July, August, September, October, November

Bloom Color: purple, lavender

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, colonizing, fall interest, naturalizing, pond margin plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant

Symphyotrichum puniceum (purplestem aster)
  • Symphyotrichum puniceum (purplestem aster)
  • Symphyotrichum puniceum (purplestem aster)
  • Symphyotrichum puniceum (purplestem aster)
  • Symphyotrichum puniceum (purplestem aster)

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Description

Symphyotrichum puniceum

Also known as:

purplestem aster

,

Glossy-leaved aster

,

swamp aster

Scientific Synonyms:

Aster puniceus

Description

Symphyotrichum puniceum is a variable-sized aster that can grow from 2' to 8' tall. Its most recognizable feature are the reddish or purple stems, whence its common name. The daisy-like flowers can vary in color from pale lavender to purple. They can be rather large for an aster, measuring up to 1 1/2 inches across.

Cultivation

Symphyotrichum puniceum is best grown in full sun, in moist to wet soil. It is commonly found in low-lying open meadows, bog and swamp margins. It has an open, rather scraggly form. Pinch the stems early will encourage a denser appearance and reduce the need for staking. Bloom times will vary according to geographic location, from July until November (or first frost). Zones 2-8

Propagation

Propagate from seed.

Additional Notes

It enjoys the widest distribution of any American aster.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Symphyotrichum aster
Species Symphyotrichum puniceum purplestem aster