Monday, March 11, 2013

Florida Climbing Aster (Aster carolinianum)

I received a photograph in my email today from a Florida native and award-winning author Lowell Teal. Lowell and his family have been living in Florida for a long time. Suffice it to say, Lowell has covered a lot of central Florida on horseback. Gradually, they have sold off the land that used to support their cattle farming. In a recent sale this past fall, Lowell noticed a stunning display of flowers so he took a photo. I opened it as one opens an envelope purportedly containing evidence of Bigfoot. I wasn't disappointed. Lowell told me he has never seen this flower anywhere else and I have to agree with him. I know I know. Climbing Aster isn't supposed to be so rare according to the books. But I have never seen it and Lowell has only seen this one. Between us, we've covered a lot of Florida! Of the other pictures I've seen on the internet, none of them even come close to the grandeur of this beautiful monster.

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Climbing Aster (Aster carolinianum)

1 comment:

  1. I've seen it mainly along riverbanks, climbing up into the trees. Best, memorable location: the farthest loop on the River Trail at Silver River State Park. But it's certainly not very common.