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Brace’s aster
Symphyotrichum tenuifolium

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

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

Ecological Restoration Notes: Most typically an understory herb in brackish marshes along the coast.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Erect medium wildlflower with wiry zigzag stems.

Dimensions: About 1-3 feet in height. Taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade County north along the west coast to the Franklin County; Bahamas and Cuba.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

Habitats: Marshes and pinelands, often in brackish soils.

Soils: Wet to moist, periodically inundated brackish, sometimes freshwater, soils.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

Salt Water Tolerance: Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Pale blue or whitish.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: Fall-winter.

Fruit: Inconspicuous achene.

Wildlife and Ecology: Attracts native bees and other beneficial insects.

Comments: The zigzag stem of this species is quite noticable. See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

Copyright by: Emily Bell, 2022

Copyright by: Emily Bell, 2022

Copyright by: Emily Bell, 2022

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