Symphyotrichum subspicatus (Douglas Aster)
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Plant Description: This herbaceous perennial grows in a cluster of erect leafy stems from creeping rhizomes. The leaves are toothed oblong to narrowly elliptic and reaching lengths of 4 in (10 cm) near the bottom of the plant and smaller near the top. The Douglas Aster's rather lanky stems are either covered in short hairs or smooth and topped with bluish purple flowers resembling miniature daisies. The flowers are great in bouquets. Flowers create an abundance of feathery seeds, dispersed by wind and will self seed freely once established.
- Height: up to 3ft
- Width: up to 3ft
- Watering needs: moderate
- Sun needs: full sun to part shade
- Soil needs: moist, rich, well-drained, tolerant
- Bloom Time: July-September
- Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes
Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This native plant is typically a coastal species found in moist lowland habitats such as streambanks, seashores, salt and fresh marshes, ditches, meadows, clearings at low elevations. Great in meadowscapes, woodland gardens, food forests, and conventional/ornamental gardens. Its main function is to attract butterflies and other pollinators. Douglas’ aster is not tolerant to drought and restricted water conditions.
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