Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Tatarian Aster - Aster tataricus   L. f.Only member of Aster in NC.
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AuthorL. f.
DistributionMostly in the Mountains, very rare in the Piedmont. First collected in 1958 in Buncombe County. A specimen from Forsyth County needs an ID check.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. MA to MI and IA, south to GA, AL, MO.
AbundanceRare. One population in Macon County was "abundant."
HabitatRoadbanks, road fill, montane meadow at 4000 feet (Macon Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting September-November.
IdentificationTatarian Aster is very tall, regularly 4-6 feet high. The basal leaves are long-stalked and with the large blades ovate to elliptical and toothed along the margins. The stem leaves are much smaller, eventually becoming sessile and lance-shaped. The flowers are in terminal corymbs, the individual heads large and showy with lavender to violet rays and a yellow disk.
Taxonomic CommentsThe vast majority of New World "Aster" species have been transferred to other genera. Aster in the strict sense is Old World plus a few pan-Arctic/alpine species.

Other Common Name(s)Tatarinow's Aster
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