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Clasping aster, Scaleleaf aster
Symphyotrichum adnatum

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also uselful in wildflower and rock gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes: A relatively common understory herb in pinelands.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Small to medium sprawling wildflower with small appressed leaves and wirely stems.

Dimensions: Typically 6-12 inches in height; to 2 feet or more when in flower. Usually broader than tall forming small open patches.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southeastern United States south to the Monroe County Keys, but absent from much of eastern peninsular Florida; northern Bahamas. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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: Blue or lavender.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous achene.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: A beautiful and interesting addition to open, dry spots in the garden. Horticultural synonyms: Aster adnatus.

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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