Symphyotrichum ericoides 'Snow Flurry'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: heath aster
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Spread: 0.25 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: September to October
Bloom Description: White with yellow centers
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil

Culture

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates some light shade. Good drought tolerance.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Snow Flurry’ is a prostrate heath aster cultivar that typically grows to 4-6” tall and spreads along the ground to form a dense foliage mat. Small, single asters (to 1/2” diameter) with white rays and yellow centers cover the foliage in a profuse fall bloom (September-October in St. Louis). Distinctive leaves are mostly 1” long or less (some lower leaves to 2.5” long), quite narrow (to 1/4” wide), rigid and linear. The overall appearance of the leaves is heath-like, hence the common name. Flowers are attractive to butterflies. The species is a Missouri native that typically grows in a bushy, somewhat weedy-looking clump to 3’ tall and occurs in open rocky woods, prairies and along roads and railroads.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Excellent mildew resistance.

Garden Uses

Rock gardens where it can be sprawled along ledges and over rocks. Effective ground cover. Borders fronts, cottage gardens, open woodland gardens or wild/naturalized areas.