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yellow 'aster' now flowering in Piedmont

Posted by gusolie (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 28, 09 at 18:46

Can anyone provide some ideas as to what wilflower is now flowering across the Piedmont along the pine woodland edges?
Up close it looks spot-on for an airy aster, but the flowers are YELLOW, about nickel-sized. The petals are thin and brush-like, so definitely not a coreopsis.
Blossoms are sparsely found on a stem top with wide branchlets. Leaves are about 4-5 in. long, lance-shaped and about 1/2 inch wide.
Overall the plant is about 24-30" tall.

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RE: yellow 'aster' now flowering in Piedmont

Helianthus angustifolius is blooming now. Are the leaves rough textured or smooth?

RE: yellow 'aster' now flowering in Piedmont

All different forms of helianthus are blooming now. Darned that we had such high winds today..I had a 12' tall one (jerusalem artichoke) fall down just as the first blooms were coming. In another location they were 8-10' tall and fell over then continued to grow to 6' above ground.

Autumn has certainly arrived. Hope it's a long one.

RE: yellow 'aster' now flowering in Piedmont

I'm going to drive out tomorrow and take a photo of this wildflower. It's definitely not Helianthus angustifolis. The petals are much more numerous, thin (strap-like) and tiny--truly looking like a blue or violet aster except the petals are canary yellow. Again, the plant is also no taller than 36" max.

Stand by! :)

RE: yellow 'aster' now flowering in Piedmont

Another possibility is Helianthus divaricatus which loves to grow on woodland edges.

Take a picture of the BACK of the flower as well as that can be a helpful tool in identifying composites like asters. Sounds crazy, I know, but I took a class in it last year and it was amazingly helpful.

RE: yellow 'aster' now flowering in Piedmont

Check out Chrysopsis - Golden aster - there are many types. My guess would be Maryland Gold Aster.

RE: yellow 'aster' now flowering in Piedmont

I've decided the ones I am seeing everywhere around Wake County are Tickseed Sunflower, or Bidens aristosa. Not sure if that is what you're describing, though.

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