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Wildflowers
by common name

Flat Topped White Aster

Flat Topped White Aster

Doellingeria umbellata
(Aster umbellatus)

Native Wildflower

Common roadside attraction in the Colton, NY area. My field guides state they are a wet meadow plant and prefer the edges of swampy areas. These were found in both dry and wet areas so it seems they are not so fussy when it comes to soil moisture but I wouldn't expect to find them far from wet areas

These are one of the first Asters to bloom.

  Photographed - August 13,2008
  Backwoods Rd, Colton, NY

Their name should give it away - flowers are white and the clusters have a flat top look.

Flat Topped White Aster


 

Requirements:

Soil Type - most
Soil ph - Neutral
Water - moist - dry
Light - Full sun - part shade

Characteristics:

Height Average - 2 - 7 ft.
Time of bloom - Aug - Sept
Flower colors - White, yellow center turns purplish - gray with age
Propagation - Division, Seed - stratify if sowing indoors
Transplants - fair



Leaves are not toothed
Flat Topped White Aster leaves
Flat Topped White Aster