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ASTER dumosus

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ASTER dumosus

Plant Common Name

Bushy Aster, Long-stalk Aster

General Description

Bushy aster is a spreading, herbaceous perennial native throughout much of eastern North America, where it favors moist soils in open to lightly shaded areas. Lovely but easy to grow, it is valued for its showy display of dainty, colorful blossoms that brighten the landscape at summer’s end.

The many-branched, sometimes woody stems of this wildflower emerge from rhizomes (underground, lateral stems) which spread to form colonies. The small, smooth, green leaves are elliptical to lance-shaped, usually with smooth margins, and borne alternately on the stems. Clouds of yellow-centered daisies top the plants from late summer to early autumn. These appear in shades of purple, lavender, blue, pink or white, and are highly attractive to butterflies and other small pollinating insects. The blooms are followed by attractive, silvery seedheads which add texture and interest to the winter garden.

This perennial grows easily in fertile, moist to average garden soil in full to part sun. Stem tips may be pinched in late spring or very early summer to encourage denser growth and heavier flowering. The clumps may be divided every few years in spring, if necessary. Bushy aster is a wonderful source of late-season color for mixed borders, cottage gardens or wildflower meadows, and also makes a fine cut flower.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m

  • Width

    18"-30" / 45.7cm - 76.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    North America

Growing Conditions

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Pink, Light Blue, Lavender

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes