Common Name: heath aster
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Native Range: Central and eastern United States, Canada
Zone: 3 to 10
Height: 1.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: August to October
Bloom Description: White with yellow centers
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Does well in sandy or clay soils. Generally tolerates poor soils and drought.
Symphyotrichum ericoides, commonly called heath aster, is a Missouri native plant that typically occurs in open rocky woods, prairies and along roads and railroads. A bushy, somewhat compact plant with many-branched stems which typically grows 1' to 3' tall. Small, daisy-like flowers (1/2" across) are borne in profusion in spreading, often one-sided, dense sprays (racemes) in late summer to early fall. Ray flowers are usually white, but infrequently blue or pink and center disks are yellow. Distinctive leaves (to 3" long) are narrow (1/4" wide), rigid, linear and heath-like (hence the common name). Good cut flower. Attractive to butterflies.
Genus name comes from the Greek symph meaning coming together and trich meaning hair in possible reference to the flower anthers.
Specific epithet means resembling the genus Erica (heather).
No serious insect or disease problems. Mildew resistant. May need staking.
Provides profuse, late summer to early fall bloom for the border, rock garden, wildflower garden or native plant garden.