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ASTER UMBELLATUS | Flat Topped Aster

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  • ASTER UMBELLATUS | Flat Topped Aster
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Product Description

From the Greek, "Aster" in reference to the shape of the flower and its bracts. At least 200 species are found across North America with dozens in the Tallgrass Praire region alone.

Found throughout the Tallgrass Prairie region in a dizzying array of habitats from marshes to woodlands. Aster colonies frequently cover large areas. Often quite striking in color, the asters bloom from July through the first hard frost.

Several tribes used the smoke from burning aster plants to assist in reviving persons who had fainted. Some other Native American tribes brewed a tea from aster plants to relieve headaches. In our area, the Meskwaki would make a smudge from Aster laeteriflorus to treat insanity.

Sun Exposure               Prairie, Savanna
Soil Moisture Wet, Wet Mesic, Mesic
Bloom Time Summer, Fall
July, August, September
Bloom Color Cream
Max Height 5 feet
Wetland Code FACW
Germ Code  C(60)
Seeds Per Packet  400
Seeds Per Ounce   67,000


Edible Use: Unknown

Medicinal Use: Unknown

Herbal Use: Unknown

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