Bushy Aster (Symphyotrichum dumosum) in the Asters Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Symphyotrichum dumosum Accepted
Symphyotrichum dumosum var. subulifolium Synonym
Aster dumosus Synonym
Symphyotrichum dumosum var. strictior Synonym
Symphyotrichum dumosum var. pergracile Synonym
Symphyotrichum dumosum var. gracilipes Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Plant Height: 12 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 24 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 3 months at 40 degrees
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem

This was the first time I have seen it flower in many years!

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 20, 2013 6:10 PM

Rice Button Aster is a native perennial here in Florida; the most common and widespread aster in the state, blooming in summer and fall. It is an extremely adaptable perennial that can tolerate a variety of growing conditions. This Aster has leafy, branching stems forming a compact and shrub-like plant. Leaves are narrow and lance- shaped, up to 4 inches in length, with longer leaves near the base of the plant. The small 3/4-inch flower heads are daisy-like and composed of numerous elongated white to lavender petals with a yellow center. Flower heads appear in groups on arching flower stalks.

Symphyotrichum dumosum is a host plant for the caterpillars of the Pearl Crescent Butterfly.

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