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Aster ericoides

White Heath Aster

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Aster ericoides (White Heath Aster)

Heath aster is a native wildflower that typically occurs in open rocky woods, prairies and along roads and railroads. A bushy, somewhat compact plant with many-branched stems that bear a profusion of small, daisy-like flowers (1/2" across) in late summer to early fall. Ray flowers are usually white, but infrequently blue or pink and center disks are yellow. Distinctive leaves (to three inches long) are narrow (1/4" wide), rigid, linear and heath-like, giving the plant its common name.

Additional Information:


Height
12-36 Inches

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Spread
24-36 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
White


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-10

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Good cut flower. Attractive to butterflies.

Good Companions
Tall Coreopsis (Coreopsis tripteris), Scaly Blazing Star (Liatris squarrosa), False Aster (Boltonia asteroides)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACU-

Nature Attracting

Butterfly

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Average

Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Host
Butterfly Nectar