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Stiff Aster Ionactis linariifolia

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eye-OHN-ak-tiss lin-air-ee-ah-FOH-lee-ah
Description

This plant, with its erect, wiry stems, and needle-like dense leaves is sometimes known as Stiff Aster.  Its drought tolerance and clump-forming habit make it an excellent addition to the rock garden; it can be as tall at 15-20".  It prefers acid soils in mixed woods of hickory, pine, and oak; but can grow in open glades.  Flowers blooming late summer into fall are mostly blue-purple to white, that may mature to red, with a yellow center. This plant is native to eastern North America and most of North Carolina.

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Tags:
#drought tolerant#perennial#blue flowers#cut flowers#NC native#lavender flowers#native garden#rock gardens#naturalized area#poor soils tolerant#rocky soils tolerant#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#perennial#blue flowers#cut flowers#NC native#lavender flowers#native garden#rock gardens#naturalized area#poor soils tolerant#rocky soils tolerant#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ionactis
    Species:
    linariifolia
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    naturalizing, rock gardens, perennial border
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern Canada to U.S.A
    Distribution:
    Coastal, Piedmont, Mountains
    Wildlife Value:
    native pollinator flower
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 3 in. - 1 ft. 8 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Crown
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    more than 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small with rays reaching 1 in across around a yellow center of disc flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Poor Soil