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Climbing Aster - Symphyotrichum carolinianum
Climbing Aster - Symphyotrichum carolinianum
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Climbing Aster - Symphyotrichum carolinianum

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Climbing aster is a sprawling vine-like woody shrub that occurs naturally in coastal hammocks and wet flatwoods, and along the edges of swamps, springs and streams. It occurs naturally throughout Florida. It is a late fall and winter-flowering plant which provides nectar and pollen in months when many nectar/pollen producing plants are going dormant. It is one of the few wildflowers that will bloom in December. Flowers draw a myriad of native bees, butterflies and moths also love them. The clusters of flowers are a lovely pale lavender/pink in color.  It takes Full sun to partial shade.  It grows about 8’ or more long if climbing; 5′ tall and wide if self-standing. It is propagated by seed. The sprawling nature of Climbing aster makes it suitable for growing along a trellis or fence. It can also be placed on slopes near the edges of ponds, lakes or streams or at the bases of wetland trees. Though a wetland species, it does well with less soil moisture and can even be used as a standalone shrub. In formal landscapes, it can be pruned to any shape.