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Symphyotrichum puniceum ~ purple stemmed swamp aster



  • OBL

  • Michigan C Value: 5

  • also known as Aster puniceus and "purple stemmed aster"

  • pale blue flower, typically deeper blue than S. firmum

  • stem often strongly purplish or purplish blotches on stem at leaf axils

  • CLASPING leaves with teeth

  • uniformly bristly pubescent stems

  • leaves are typically less dense than S. Firmus

  • internodes typically longer than S. firmus; a more open, loose appearance

  • non–sticky flower head; bracts not as conspicuous

  • narrow clump forming or scattered individuals (grows from stout crown and does not spread by long rhizomes)

  • very wet swamps, fens, sedge meadows, seeps

  • heads up to 3.8cm wide

  • plant up to 2.44m tall

  • native

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