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Aster ericoides f. prostratum 'Snow Flurry' (Heath Aster)

Aster 'Snow Flurry', Heath Aster 'Snow Flurry', Symphyotrichum ericoides f. prostratum 'Snow Flurry'


A very attractive low-growing variety, Aster ericoides f. prostratum 'Snow Flurry' (Heath Aster) forms a dense, spreading mat with its arching stems that seem to undulate across the ground. Its fine ferny foliage of very tiny, stiff and linear leaves is more reminiscent of heaths than asters. In early fall, the foliage becomes speckled with very small, 1/2 in. (1 cm), white, star-like flowers, turning the plant completely white due to the sheer quantity of flowers. Native to North America, this attractive perennial is easy to grow, low maintenance, mildew resistant and is not affected by any serious pests or diseases. It is terrific as a groundcover or when allowed to cascade over the edge of a wall or a container.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Typically grows up to 4-6 in. tall (10-15 cm) and 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Does well in sandy or clay soils. Generally tolerates poor soils and drought.
  • This plant is ideal for the front of the perennial border and is an excellent candidate for the rock garden.
  • Asters are a must if you are trying to attract birds or butterflies.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asters
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asters
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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