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Douglas aster

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Douglas aster in bloom
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Aster subspicatus

Perennial Groundcover

Height: 3 ft.

Availability: Low

Growing ease: High

Moisture req.: dry - moist

Exposure req.: sun - part shade


Plant description:

Also called Symphyotrichum subspicatum. This perennial will bloom into the late summer and thrives on saltwater shorelines. The rather lanky stems are topped with bluish purple flowers that look like miniature daisies (ray flowers). Douglas aster spreads by underground stems (rhizomes) which is great if you want free plants, but can be require maintenance if you dont.

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Plans that use this plant:Marine (salt water) shoreline