Symphyotrichum dumosum

Bush Aster, Rice Button Aster

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Also known as Aster dumosus

Plant Specifics

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

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden, meadow.
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long 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:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
Insects:
  

  • Attracts pollinators, especially native bees.
  • Larval host plant for pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos) butterflies.

Native Habitats:Sandhills, flatwoods, pine-oak-hickory woods, floodplains, secondary woods, cutthroat seep.

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

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