Connecticut Plants
Purple-stemmed Aster
Symphyotrichum puniceum (L.) A. & D. Löve

Purple-stemmed aster generally has a reddish or purple stem with bristly hairs. It is, however, a variable species, and occasionally the stem is smooth and green.

  • Synonyms: Aster puniceus
  • Family: aster (Asteraceae)
  • Habitat: swamps and wet thickets
  • Height: 2-8 feet
  • Flower size: flowerheads 1 to 1-1/2 inch across
  • Flower color: purple rays around a yellow disk
  • Flowering time: August to November
  • Origin: native
Symphyotrichum puniceum (L.) A.& D. Lˆve