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Boltonia asteroides

False Aster

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Boltonia asteroides (False Aster)

This is a lovely and easy-to-grow addition for the late summer to early fall garden. False Aster typically occurs in wet prairies, wet meadows, marshes, stream banks and pond peripheries. Lance-shaped, gray-green leaves (to five inches long) grow on erect, usually branching stems growing to four feet tall. Tiny, white to lavender, one-inch daisy-like flowers with yellow center grow in loose panicles. The flowers literally cover this aster-like plant with a profuse bloom from late summer to early autumn. False aster is easily grown in average to well-drained moist soils in full sun.

Additional Information:


Height
3-4 Feet

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Spread
2-3 Feet

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Lavender


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Tends to lodge and need support if over watered or grown in overly rich soil. Conversely, plants grown in poor soil will produce few blooms. Can be pruned to control height and increase number of blooms.

Good Companions
Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium), Blue Sage (Salvia azurea), Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACW

Nature Attracting

Butterfly

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Moderate

Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar