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Rice button aster, Bushy aster
Symphyotrichum dumosum

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.

Description: Medium herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: Typically 2-4 feet in height.

Growth Rate: Moderate to fast.

Range: Widespread in eastern North America west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands, prairies and disturbed sites.

Soils: Moist to wet, moderately well-drained to well-drained, sandy or limestone soils, without humusy top layer.

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: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: White or blue.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous achene.

Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant for pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos) butterflies. Attracts butterflies, native bees, and other pollinators.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

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