Symphyotrichum concolor

Eastern Silver Aster

Asteraceae

Also known as eastern silvery aster

Plant Specifics

Form:Flower
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Lavender, pink
Fruit Color:
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Makes a colorful contribution to a native plant meadow. Becomes darker (more purple) after pollination. When flowering, the stem needs support from surrounding plants. It is primarily a fall bloomer.
Propagation:Seed
Availability:FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Used as browse by deer to the extent that in some states, browsing is an issue.

Insects:
  

Nectar plant for many butterfly species but also visited by other native insect pollinators.

Native Habitats:Dry, sandy

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:Benefits from controlled burns. There are contradictions in herbarium databases, and reliable observations in counties where there are no herbarium specimens. Probably native in low abundance in dry (xeric) native grasslands and open pinelands throughout the state.