Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Barrens Silky Aster
Symphyotrichum pratense
Family: Asteraceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  S
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G4?
State Rank: S3

Open dry woods, bluffs, prairies and glades.

Species Description:
Perennial herb

Flowering Period: Mid August to mid October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves of this aster are covered with silky hairs, the heads are 3 cm across the rays and the phyllaries are leaf-like.

Woody plant invasion may need to be controlled using periodic prescribed fire, mowing or other means to maintain the open character of the habitat for this species. Hand removal of trees in the vicinity of the species is necessary. Soil disturbance resulting from activities such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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