FLAT-TOPPED WHITE ASTER

Doellingeria umbellata

Doellingeria umbellata formerly known as Aster umbellatus, is a perennial, early bloomer in the Aster family, flowering in July with clusters of white petals and yellow center disks. It prefers wet-to-moist, sandy prairies on full sunlight, and attracts a wide variety of beneficial pollinators — long and short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, beetles and butterflies — for the nectar and pollen of its flowers. Indeed it also attracts white tailed deer and cottontail rabbits so its a good idea to protect it initially.

It is a vital ingredient of late summer and fall native plant gardens, prairies and butterfly gardens. The flowers are edible and can be used in salads, and the leaves are also scented and have been used to make tea. The plant was used by Native Americans in a tonic to relieve gastrointestinal upset and fevers.

SPECS: Genus: Doellingeria ; Species: Umbellata; Plant Type: Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun; Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium Wet, Well Drained; Height: 2′ — 5′; Spread: 5′; Plant Spacing: 2′ — 3′; Bloom Time: July — September; Bloom Color: Cream; Advantages: Low maintenance, Pollinators; USDA Zone: 3 — 9; Attracts: Beeflies, Beneficial insects, Butterflies, Long-tongued bees, Potter wasps, Skippers, Songbirds, Sweat bees, Syrphid flies; Tolerant: Clay, Deer, Drought; Plant Community: Goes well with Panicum, Phlox & Rudbeckia.;