Symphyotrichum concolor

eastern silver aster

Asteraceae

Synonyms:  eastern silvery aster

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1.5-3 ft    Width: 1 ft
Flower Color: flower color      lavender
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: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
moisture_bar
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: adaptable

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Nectar plant for many butterfly species but also visited by other native insect pollinators. Used as browse by deer to the extent that in some states, browsing is an issue.
Native Habitats: Dry, sandy

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

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

Other 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.