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Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides [= Aster ericoides]

Heath Aster, Heath American-aster, Squarrose White Aster, Downy Aster, White Old-field Aster

Scientific Name:

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides [= Aster ericoides]

Genus:

Symphyotrichum

Species Epithet:

ericoides var. ericoides

Common Name:

Heath Aster, Heath American-aster, Squarrose White Aster, Downy Aster, White Old-field Aster

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

S.E. Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

August, September, October

Habitat Description:

Not present in NC or SC, but present in limestone glades in states to the west and south. In the Northeast, common in dry, open habitats.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

White ray flowers with yellow disk flowers. Cultivars available, but be aware that some so-called "Aster ericoides" in the nursery trade are not our native Symphyotrichum ericoides.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/symphyotrichum/ericoides/

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/symphyotrichum-ericoides/

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SYER



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