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PlantFiles: Climbing Carolina Aster
Symphyotrichum carolinianum

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Symphyotrichum (sim-fy-oh-TRY-kum) (Info)
Species: carolinianum (kair-oh-lin-ee-AN-um) (Info)

Synonym:Ampelaster carolinianus
Synonym:Aster carolinianus

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Vines and Climbers

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive aliceherbert On Jul 16, 2010, aliceherbert from Gilroy, CA wrote:

It is kind of lax in form and does indeed rest on its neighbors. Mine is 3 years old and has only had a few blooms. This summer I an removing dead branches, so it looks neater. It has been in a pot all of the time I've had it. I use a variety of commercial organic soil menders and fertilizers. It is from Plant Delight Nursery.

Positive Bodhisagan On Nov 3, 2006, Bodhisagan from Dallas, GA wrote:

I grow this in the Atlanta suburbs. It is awesome!!! It repeats until a HEAVY freeze, blooming very late into early winter here. Also the fragrance is amazing.

It's a bit "wild" and requires either smart utilization, good pruning, support, or some other "help" in regards to form. I let scramble among "strong" and large perennials in front of Perennial sunflowers where scale and color really work nicely together.

Neutral Noodles On Sep 20, 2003, Noodles from Olympia, WA wrote:

This plant has had very healthy growth for the last 6 years, but has never bloomed. No buds; nothing. Even in a hot summer like we had this year. It's in full sun and gets sufficient water. I'll keep trying - I don't want to remove it because the foliage is so healthy. I'll give it ONE MORE YEAR!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gilroy, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Oakland, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Dallas, Georgia
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Durham, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Houston, Texas
Plano, Texas
Olympia, Washington

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