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Aster cordifolius

Family
Asteraceae
Common Name(s)
Heart-leaved aster; blue wood aster
Synonyms
Symphyotrichum cordifolium
Flowering Time
August to October
Fruit/Seed Maturation Sign
Pappus expands, achenes turn black
Fruit/Seed Collection Dates
October; achenes persist on plant for several weeks
Notes

Experimental seed addition in a small field study resulted in establishment in 46-83% of plots after three years (Brudvig et al. 2011). 

Produces many wind dispersed seeds; rhizome short, but occasionally elongate (Barkely 1986, Gleason and Cronquist 1991).

A beautiful fall addition to a restoration!

 

Blue wood aster (Aster cordifolius)

 

Seed Cleaning
None required
Storage
Dry
Restoration Potential
Proven performer