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Rice button aster occurs naturally in sandhills, pine flatwoods and hammocks. It blooms primarily in September through December, although it has been known to bloom throughout the year. Rice button aster attracts many pollinators, particularly butterflies and native bees. It is the larval host plant for the pearl crescent butterfly.
Family: Asteraceae (Aster, daisy or composite family)
Native range: Throughout Florida
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Hardiness: Zones 8a-11
Soil: Moderately moist to dry sandy acidic soils
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Growth habit: 2-3+' tall
Garden tips: Rice button aster is easy to propagate and adaptable to a variety of growing conditions, making it an ideal plant for the home landscape. It does best in mixed wildflower plantings. Rice button aster spreads by suckering and may require some thinning to keep it under control.
Plants are often available from nurseries that specialize in Florida native plants. Visit PlantRealFlorida.org to find a nursery in your area.