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Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata

Flat-top aster, Parasol whitetop

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata (Flat-top aster)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
The rigid, erect stems of this perennial are much-branched at the top and grow to a height of 5 ft. Leaves are long and narrow and the small, white flowers, with yellow to pink centers, are clustered at branch ends.

Slowly forms large colonies. (Ontario Native Plants 2002)

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , CT , DE , GA , IL , IN , IA , KY , ME , MD , MA , MI , MN , NH , NJ , NY , NC , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VT , VA , WV , WI , DC
Canada: NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC
Native Distribution: Nf. to Man., s. to FL & LA
Native Habitat: Moist thickets, meadows & wood borders

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Looks best when planted in colonies. Can become aggressive. Requires little care but benefits from wintercover.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Pearly Crescent, Harris Checkerspot

Last Update: 2007-01-01