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Climbing Aster Ampelaster carolinianus

The range distribution maps for the Climbing Aster are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In addition to the scientific name Ampelaster carolinianus, Climbing Aster is also known as Symphyotrichum carolinianum.  It is found in freshwater marshes, along the banks of rivers and streams, and in wet pinelands in several southeastern states.  It is considered a native plant in Florida and is found throughout the Peninsula and the eastern portion of the Panhandle.

This plant is a large perennial producing many woody stems that weave in and out of nearby vegetation reaching a length of 10 feet or more. The leaves are lance-shaped, 1-4 inches long, and alternate on the stems.

The small daisy-like flower head, about 1 to 1.5 inches wide, is composed of many elongated pale pink-to-lavender-to-white petals (ray flowers) surrounding a golden center of disk flowers.  The flowers bloom during the fall and winter months.  They are quite fragrant and attract bees and butterflies.

The photos on this page were taken in the Kiwanis Park in October, 2017.  This park is located in Port Charlotte, Charlotte County.