Late purple aster facts for kids
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Symphyotrichum patens, commonly known as late purple aster or spreading aster, is a perennial wildflower found in the eastern United States.
Sympyotrichum patens is a small (up to ~1m height) herbaceous plant with a spreading growth form. The leaves are ovate to oblong, clasping the pubescent stem. The flowers are relatively small, less than 3 cm (1.2 in) in diameter, with light blue to violet petals and yellow centers. It flowers between August and October.
The genus Symphyotrichum includes some 90 species that are often highly similar. The title of a review of the Symphyotrichum patens complex begins with "Another review..." as a nod to the complexity of the topic. The species was first formally described as Aster patens in 1789. It was transferred to the genus Symphyotrichum in 1995 by Guy L. Nesom. It is closely related to Symphyotrichum georgianum and Symphyotrichum phlogifolium.
Several varieties have been named:
- Symphyotrichum patens var. patens
- Symphyotrichum patens var. gracile (Hook.) G.L.Nesom
- Symphyotrichum patens var. patentissimum (Lindl.) G.L.Nesom
- Symphyotrichum patens var. terranigrum J.J.N. Campbell & W.R.Seymour
Distribution and habitat
A widely distributed species, S. patens can be found from southern Maine south and west to East Texas. Plants are typically found in sunny to mostly sunny sites, including open woodlands. Relatively little appears to be known about the species' ecology, with most literature being checklists that include S. patens.
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