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Close-up of Douglas Aster flower (Symphyotrichum subspicatum / Aster subspicatum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Close-up of Douglas Aster plant (Symphyotrichum subspicatum / Aster subspicatum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Woodland skipper butterfly sits atop a Douglas Aster flower (Symphyotrichum subspicatum / Aster subspicatum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Douglas Aster (Symphyotrichum subspicatum / Aster subspicatum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Douglas Aster

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Symphyotrichum subspicatum / Aster subspicatum

  • Size at maturity: 1-4' tall, 2' wide
  • Canopy layer: groundcover
  • Light requirements: full sun
  • Moisture requirements: moist soil
  • Special features: perennial, supports hummingbirds

Douglas Aster is a tall spreading perennial that blooms into the late summer. The rather lanky stems are topped with bluish purple flowers that look like miniature daisies (ray flowers). The prolific blooms will draw lots of butterflies. (EMSWCD, 2019)

 

Photo Credit 1: "Symphyotrichum subspicatum" by gertjanvannoord is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Photo Credit 2 & 4: Tara Lemezis

Photo Credit 3: "Woodland Skipper Butterfly" by born1945 is licensed under CC BY 2.0