Georgia aster is an uncommon but wide-ranging perennial found in the upper Piedmont and lower mountain regions of Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas that blooms in fall. Members of the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, headquartered at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, organized surveys to locate and identify the purple flowers along state rights-of-way during the fall. Thirty-seven GPCA member organization representatives surveyed 11 counties near Atlanta, from the north metro area to the Alabama state line, covering 170 miles of road and power line rights of way. At least 12 new populations of the rare wildflower, once headed for the federal endangered species list, were discovered including the first in Carroll, Haralson, Heard and Polk counties.
Photo from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.