The move comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with the Georgia Department of Natural Re-sources and other state and federal agencies, advance a large, partnership-based effort to conserve at-risk plants and animals across the Southeast.
Georgia aster, symphyotrichum georgianum, is a purple flowering plant found in the upper Piedmont and lower mountain regions of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In 1999, the service made Georgia aster a candidate for inclusion on the federal endangered species list, meaning it warranted being on the list, but other species were a higher priority.
The Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance is a network of 27 public gardens, government agencies, academic institutions, utility companies and conservation organizations committed to preserving Georgia’s endangered flora.