Symphyotrichum adnatum - Scaleleaf aster
Relatively recently, the northern hemisphere genus Aster was separated into several genera.
One result is that most of the true Aster
species are found in Europe and Asia. Many of
the North American species formerly known as Aster species were placed in the genus Symphyotrichum. Twenty-seven species of Symphyotrichum are native to Florida,
alone. These are herbaceous annuals or perennials, often with showy flowers.
The scaleleaf aster is native to a relatively small area of the United States from Louisiana
to Georgia and Florida. has tiny,
scale-like leaves that are pressed to the stem. The stems trail on the ground
or rest on adjacent vegetation. The lavender daisies are nearly an inch across.
See this plant in dry, sandy natural areas of campus.
Herbaceous perennial about six inches tall.
Light: full sun to part sun
Water: drought tolerant
This native plant was not listed in Duval County
by the Flora of Florida project when it was first observed in 2006. It grows
under pines on a sandy, dry area in the north of the Sawmill Slough Preserve.
It is not available in local nurseries.