Symphyotrichum puniceum (L.) Á. Löve & D. Löve
Common Name: SWAMP ASTER, PURPLE-STEMMED ASTER
Synonym: Aster puniceus

Coefficient of Conservatism: 5
Coefficient of Wetness: -5
Wetness Index: OBL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Aster puniceus of Michigan Flora.

Edges of moist forests, thickets, marshes; swamps (cedar and other conifers, hardwoods), wet hollows, fens, sedge meadows, shores, swales, ditches, stream and river banks. Flower color tends to be a deeper blue than in S. firmum, and the stem is fairly uniformly bristly pubescent its entire length (though the hairs on the lower internodes may be abraded), the leaves are more hispidulous, and the internodes are longer, giving a more open or lax appearance. Plants arise from a short, stout, non-creeping rhizome, so are typically represented by scattered individuals.

Locations

Alger County
Allegan County
Antrim County
Baraga County
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Cass County
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
Clinton County
Crawford County
Delta County
Emmet County
Genesee County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Houghton County
Huron County
Ingham County
Iron County
Isabella County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Luce County
Mackinac County
Macomb County
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ontonagon County
Ottawa County
Roscommon County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. November 23, 2014. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=492.