Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Bouquet Aster - Eurybia mirabilis   (Torrey & A. Gray) G.L. Nesom
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Author(Torrey & A. Gray) G.L. Nesom
DistributionRestricted to the middle and lower southern Piedmont, north to Mecklenburg, Stanly, and Montgomery counties.

A quite small range; endemic to southern NC and central and western SC.
AbundanceDespite it being a "rare" species, in NC it is uncommon to locally common. Most populations appear to be stable in terms of numbers of plants. The NCNHP has it on its Significantly Rare list.
HabitatMesic, nutrient-rich soils of hardwood slopes, banks of brownwater rivers and streams, bottomlands. It favors circumneutral soils.
See also Habitat Account for Rich Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forests
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-September.
IdentificationThe genus Eurybia has been split from Aster (now Symphyotrichum). Variation among species of each genus requires several steps in a key to split members of the two genera apart (see genus key in Weakley 2018).

Plants grow about 2 feet tall, sometimes to 3 feet, with ovate, short-pointed leaves that have cordate bases on long stalks (stalks are much reduced or absent on upper leaves). Inflorescences tend to be flat-topped or shallowly rounded, rather few-headed, with white rays. Note the recurved tips of the flower bracts! White Wood-aster (E. divaricata) may grow near it, but it has the flower bracts tightly appressed.
Taxonomic CommentsFormerly known as Aster commixtus or A. mirabilis.

Other Common Name(s)Piedmont Aster, Dwarf Aster
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