Symphyotrichum urophyllum

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Symphyotrichum urophyllum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Symphyotrichum
Species: S. urophyllum
Binomial name
Symphyotrichum urophyllum
(Lindl.) G.L. Nesom
Natural range of Symphyotrichum urophyllum from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common Name(s): white arrowleaf aster[1][2]

Taxonomic Notes

Synonym(s): Aster sagittifolius Wedemeyer ex Willendow; A. urophyllus Lindley ex A.P. de Candolle


Symphyotrichum urophyllum is a dioecious perennial forb/herb.[2] It prefers dry sandy loamy soils and produces white flowers.[3]


This species can be found from Maine, south to Florida, westward to Mississippi, and inland to Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and the remaining eastern portion of the United States.[1][2] It is also found in the Ontario province of Canada.[2]



S. urophyllum occurs in woodlands, savannahs, forest edges, prairies, meadows, and fields.[3]


Flowering occurs in late August through October.[1]


This species is known to attract a variety of butterflies and native bees.[3]

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Weakley AS (2015) Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 USDA NRCS (2016) The PLANTS Database (, 12 January 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Plant database: Symphyotrichum urophyllum. (12 January 2018) Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. URL: