Climbing aster
Symphyotrichum carolinianum

Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also uselful in wet spots where it can climb into trees.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

A relatively common vine in freshwater swamps.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Climbing or sprawling vine or shrub-like wildflower.
N/A; a vine with stem to 10 feet or more in length.
Growth Rate:
Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland.
Swamps and wet thickets.
Wet to moist, moderately well-drained to poorly-drained organic or sandy soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Lavender to bluish ray flowers.
Flower Characteristics:
Flowering Season:
All year; peak in fall.
Inconspicuous achene.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for bees, as well as monarchs (Danaus plexippus) and other butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed obtained from dried flower heads, which are broken up. Seeds can be planted or sprinkled onto the soil. Keep moist.
A beautiful if unorthodox component of the garden; it can be trimmed back heavily to keep the plant in control. See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

Chuck McCartney
Chuck McCartney
Roger L. Hammer
Steven W. Woodmansee
Steven W. Woodmansee