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Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata (Parasol whitetop)
Reveal, James L.

Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata

Doellingeria umbellata (Mill.) Nees var. umbellata

Parasol Whitetop, Flat-top Aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Aster umbellatus


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

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 Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall, often shorter.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AL , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
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


Description: Seeds sown in fall will produce blooms the second year. May also be multiplied by division.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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