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Symphyotrichum dumosum var. dumosum

Symphyotrichum dumosum (L.) G.L. Nesom var. dumosum

Bushy aster, Rice button aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Aster coridifolius, Aster dumosus, Aster dumosus var. coridifolius, Aster dumosus var. gracilentus


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

This bushy, broadly branched perennial grows1-3 ft. high and bears many small, bract-like leaves. The main leaves are linear and the small flowers are pale blue, lavender or white. The inflorescence in large and open, with many spreading branches.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MS , NC , NH , NJ , OK , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Canada: NB , ON
Native Distribution: Coastal plain from s.w. ME to FL & LA & n. to AR & w. KY; also local in Great Lakes area
Native Habitat: Dry to wet, old fields & open woods

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies


Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Symphyotrichum dumosum var. dumosum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum dumosum var. dumosum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Symphyotrichum dumosum var. dumosum


Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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