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Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Native* to rocky or open woods, stream banks, and fields and favoring dappled sun, this Aster family member delights with charming composite flowers for three weeks from late March to May. It can naturalize to create colonies where its basal rosettes form a dense, year-round carpet in naturalistic gardens, flower borders, or rock gardens.
*It is native to DC and to some MD and PA counties. In DE, it is common in the Piedmont but absent in the Coastal Plain. In VA, it is frequent in the mountains and Piedmont; infrequent in the Coastal Plain. In NoVA, it is not reported in Loudoun County.
To foodies, the word rosette conjures up thin, crisp fried pastries and buttercream cake decorations. To botanists, rosettes refer to the arrangement of basal leaves of certain plants like Erigeron pulchellus.