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Doellingeria umbellata (Parasol whitetop)
Bloodworth, Stefan

Doellingeria umbellata

Doellingeria umbellata (Mill.) Nees

Parasol whitetop, Flat-topped White Aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: DOUM2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

A rigid, upright stem bearing a flat-topped cluster of flower heads with white rays.

This conspicuous aster of wet meadows is one of the first asters to bloom; it has an extremely wide, flat top, almost 1 (30 cm) wide.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep


USA: AL , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: AB , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Distribution: Alberta east to Newfoundland, south to Georgia and Alabama, and northwest to Missouri, Nebraska, and North Dakota.
Native Habitat: Moist thickets, woods, and swamp edges.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

American Native Nursery - Quakertown, PA

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store


* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Doellingeria umbellata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Doellingeria umbellata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Doellingeria umbellata


Record Last Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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