Aster umbellatus (Doellingeria umbellata) - FLAT-TOPPED ASTER

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Early flowering aster, with umbells of smaller cream white flowers with yellow centers.

Starts flowering in July, much earlier than other asters, and continues till September.

5' tall x 2-3' wide, full sun, half shade, medium moist to wet soils. Prefers sandy loam, loam, but will grow fine in average garden soil and probably will tolerate some clay too.

Attracts wide range of native pollinators - long- and short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, beetles and butterflies, swamp sparrows feed on the seed.

It's palatable to mammals and wild turkey, it may be difficult to establish where deer is overpopulated. It can selfseed and also spread by rhizomes, but not aggressively.

Flower beds, meadows, naturalistic plantings, cut flower gardens, cottage gardens, rain gardens.

Pot Size : square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot