Oclemena reticulata

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White-top Aster

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Also known as Aster reticulata, Doellingeria reticulata

Plant Specifics

Size:3 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden. Retain if in the landscape.
Considerations:Can sucker and spread.
Propagation:Seed, division
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Appreciated by a variety of pollinators including native bees.  The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Oclemena reticulata at Archbold Biological Station: [7]

  • Apidae: Apis mellifera, honeybee
  • Megachilidae: Dianthidium floridiense, Florida pebble bee

Native Habitats:Mesic-wet flatwoods, cutthroat seep.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Not readily available, but beautiful.