Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Climbing aster, Symphyotrichum carolinanum, Florida Wildflower Poetry

Climbing aster, Symphyotrichum spp.
lilac stars climb
wreathed through cypress, bag of
yarn not twisted more

Climbing aster can be reliably found in full lush bloom, even in the driest and hottest of summer droughts.  This shrubby vine produces masses amounts of highly fragrant luminous purple and mauve flowers. Once the vines start weaving through trees they form an almost impenetrable barrier.  When no other summer drought flowers can be found, climbing aster is there to feed hungry monarch butterflies.

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