Common Name: white wood aster
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: August to September
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Dry to medium
Tolerate: Drought, Heavy Shade, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Thrives in shade and tolerates dry conditions. Good air circulation and some morning sun help reduce incidence of foliar diseases. Propagate by division in spring. Plants do not come true from seed, so consideration should be given to cutting back stems after flowering to prevent self-seeding.
‘Eastern Star’ is a white wood aster that is noted for its compact size, dark stems and floriferous bloom in shady conditions. It is a stout, leafy plant that produces shiny, dark mahagony stems to 12-18” tall. Leaves are heart-shaped, stalked and sharply-toothed. Small but abundant daisy-like asters (to 3/4” diameter) with white rays and yellow centers bloom, often profusely, from late summer to early fall. Flowers are attractive to butterflies.
No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to powdery mildew. Aster wilt can also be an occasional problem, particularly if plants are grown in poorly-drained clay soils.
Open shade gardens, woodland areas, native plant gardens or cottage gardens.