Plant ID forum: Which aster

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Name: Christine
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Nov 21, 2013 11:15 AM CST
Hoping to find out which aster this is that comes back each year under an oak tree. The petals are a subtle lavender color.




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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Nov 21, 2013 2:34 PM CST

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Are the leaves rough to the touch, or smooth and almost waxy?

If the leaves are rough, it looks like Late Purple Aster (Symphyotrichum patens):

Late Purple Aster (Symphyotrichum patens)

http://www.missouriplants.com/...

If they are smooth, it's not S. patens, but could be Smooth Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum laeve) perhaps:

Smooth Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

http://www.missouribotanicalga...

Both species usually have darker blue violet (ish) flowers, but it's not unusual to see individual plants with much lighter flowers, all the way to pure white. Both also typically occur in open woodland-type habitat, and sometimes in prairies.
Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Nov 21, 2013 2:52 PM CST
Are the flowers fragrant? If so, it could be Aromatic Aster: http://www.wildflower.org/plan...

There are a few listed in the database: http://garden.org/plants/searc...

Or perhaps this Texas native?: https://npsot.org/TrinityForks...
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Name: Christine
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Nov 21, 2013 3:20 PM CST
The leaves are rough to the touch. They look much like the ones in photo for Late Purple Aster (Symphyotrichum patens)

and they are shown as native to Texas here: http://plants.usda.gov/core/pr...


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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Nov 21, 2013 3:32 PM CST
And I noticed that it does have the woody-ish stems that grow from the rhizome. This picture is from last year.

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Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Nov 21, 2013 3:37 PM CST
Aha, It does look like Late Purple Aster (Symphyotrichum patens)
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Nov 21, 2013 3:41 PM CST
Thumbs up Thank you Kent and Lin!

Yay! I'm closing this one as solved!
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