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Symphyotrichum dumosum [= Aster dumosus]

Long-stalked Aster, Bushy Aster, Rice-button Aster, Bushy American-aster

Scientific Name:

Symphyotrichum dumosum [= Aster dumosus]

Genus:

Symphyotrichum

Species Epithet:

dumosum

Common Name:

Long-stalked Aster, Bushy Aster, Rice-button Aster, Bushy American-aster

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Yellow, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Var. dumosum: Old fields, disturbed areas, pastures. Common in most of the Piedmont, Sandhills, and Coastal Plain, although not so abundant in the northern Coastal Plain and northern Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

White to pale bluish-purple ray flowers, with yellow disk flowers. Cultivars available.

Weakley lists Symphyotrichum dumosum var. dumosum as the common species in NC, and one of the most common asters in the state. Symphyotrichum dumosum var. pergracile is recorded from only one NC county (in the south-central Piedmont). Symphyotrichum dumosum var. subulifolium is recorded from 4 NC sites in the inner Coastal Plain.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/symphyotrichum-dumosum/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/symphyotrichum/dumosum/



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