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Eastern silver aster
Symphyotrichum concolor
Asteraceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

It can be used as one of many understory herbs in pine rocklands. It is rare in other pinelands in South Florida.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Medium herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
About 1-3 feet in height. Taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Eastern United States west to Louisiana and south to the Monroe County Keys; Bahamas. Rare in South Florida outside of Miami-Dade County. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key. Perhaps never present or extirpated in Broward County.
Habitats:
Pinelands.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Lavender-pink.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous achene.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.


 


Shirley Denton