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Doellingeria umbellata

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Doellingeria (del-ling-ER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: umbellata (um-bell-AY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Aster umbellatus
Synonym:Diplopappus amygdalinus
Synonym:Diplopappus umbellatus
Synonym:Doellingeria amygdalinum
Synonym:Diplostephium umbellatum

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral tabasco On Oct 15, 2007, tabasco from Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

A fairly common plant of fairly open and often wetland habitats.

It is the host plant of the harris' checkerspot Butterfly
Chlosyne harrisii

Neutral smiln32 On Sep 13, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is a U.S. native and grows in the Eastern and Southeastern states of the country.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Barbourville, Kentucky
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Panama, New York
Millersburg, Pennsylvania

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