Georgia Aster


georgia aster.jpg

The Georgia aster (Symphyotrichum georgianium) is a rare species of flowering plant, native to the southeastern United States. It is especially known from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The plant grows in oak-pine woodlands and the flowers bloom throughout October and November. It is a robust herb that produces colonies of wooden stems up to 100cm long. The flower heads are relatively large, up to 6cm across. The florets are a dark or lavender purple. This type of plant relies on certain natural disturbances, such as wildfires. However, with recent fire suppression, this species has been largely destroyed. Only 104 single plants are known to remain.