Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Late Purple Aster, November 26-27, 2013

Wildflower Wednesday
I think this is Late Purple Aster, Symphyotrichum patens
Late Purple Aster is native to the eastern United States, growing in zones 4 through 8.
Sometimes called Spreading Aster, it blooms from August until the end of October.

On the Natchez Trace Parkway near Cherokee, Alabama, October 20, 2013.
The small flowers consist of a yellow center surrounded by 15 to 25 purple florets.

Blooms are on short side stems that arise where the leaves clasp the stem.
Late Purple Asters grow in full sun or part shade, and provide late-season nectar for butterflies.

Outdoor Wednesday
Driving through Tennessee on October 30
We have had exceptionally beautiful Autumn color this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. Beautiful aster, love the colour, I have a white aster still in full flower, Aster ageratoides 'Ashvi', it grows in full shade and seems happy where it is.

  2. I can't tell one aster from another, but I've come to appreciate their late-season blooms. Lovely photos and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Lea!

  3. Hoping you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Will be out till Monday and I don't computer from home.

    brrrrr, it's cold!

  4. I wish we had wild flowers that pretty! And you do have some beautiful autumn foliage. That must be a pretty drive!

  5. Hello Lea, Thank you for your sweet comment today. I love the pretty aster and your fall color. We have two children who live in TN. NC fall was late but spectacular as well.

    Happy thanksgiving Day to you and yours.
    xo, Jeanne

  6. A very pretty Aster. My favorite, I think, is Aromatic Aster (S. oblongifolius). Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  7. Beautiful flower. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  8. Lovely pictures - I love wildflowers - except that there are not to many out over here at the moment - Jane UK

  9. If those asters can be put in a vase, it won't look like a wildflower anymore, it is lovely!

  10. What a great set of colours. Most of our native trees keep there leaves all year, so no autumn colours (or maybe fall colors!)

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne.

  11. I wasn't into Asters much until recently. Now they're growing on me--especially the late-blooming ones. Your autumn foliage was lovely!


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