Aster (Symphyotrichum depauperatum) in the Asters Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 18 to 20 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Endangered (EN)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Endangered
wild plants in serpentine soil

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Location: Willisbrook Preserve near Malvern, PADate: 2015-09-11wild plants in serpentine soil
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Location: Willisbrook Preserve near Malvern, PADate: 2015-09-11a wild patch in serpentine soil
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 14, 2018 3:28 PM

This Serpentine Aster is a small, delicate, fine-textured perennial growing wild mostly in the serpentine barrens of southeast Pennsylvania, northeast Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, and there is one population in non-serpentine soil in North Carolina. Serpentine soils are derived from serpentine rock that is a soft, greenish-gray rock full of a few elements toxic to plants as nickel and chromium with a large amount of manganese, and these soils are shallow and dry. The aster's leaves are tiny of about 1.5 inches long and it bears the tiny white flowers of 7 to 14 rays on a flower in late summer and early fall. It is a rare species.

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