Symphyotrichum dumosum

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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Bush Aster, Rice Button Aster

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Also known as Aster dumosus

Plant Specifics

Size:2-4 ft
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink,blue,lavender
Fruit Color:White
Phenology:Winter dormant
Habitats:Sandhills, flatwoods, pine-oak-hickory woods, floodplains, secondary woods, cutthroat seep.


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden, meadow.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray



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