Doellingeria umbellata (Aster umbellatus)
Soil: Hydric (Moist) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1-5 feet
Bloom Color: Cream White
Bloom Season: July – August
Suggested Uses: Flat-topped Aster is a rather large and showy Aster grows on moist to wet sandy soils and is good for shoreline restoration and rain gardens. Can thrive in alkaline soils and can be found near calcareous fens. Excellent for pollinators and wildlife.
Native Range: Native to the Great Lakes, New England and Appalachia. Native throughout Minnesota.
Pollinators/Habitat: An excellent source of nectar for bees and butterflies, including monarch butterflies! Upland gamebirds, songbirds and goldfinches eat the seeds.
Flowers: The 1/2″-3/4″ flower heads have 10-15 petal-like ray flowers that tend to curve backwards. They bloom in flat-topped clusters.
Leaves: The 6″ toothless leaves are lance-shaped or elliptical with tapering ends.
Name: Aster is Latin for “star.”
Other Name: Parasol Whitetop
More information: USDA plant profile