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Eurybia divaricata (White Wood Aster)

White Wood Aster, Aster corymbosus, Aster divaricatus

Eurybia divaricata, White Wood Aster, Aster corymbosus, Aster divaricatus, Fall perennials, Fall Flowers, Lavender Asters, Blue Asters

Eurybia divaricata (White Wood Aster) is an upright, bushy perennial boasting flat-topped clusters of small starry white daisies with pink to yellow centers in late summer and fall. Blooming for weeks, the flowers are quite small, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), but they are produced in such great quantities that they literally cover the plant. Borne at the tips of thin, nearly black, cascading branches, they are quite attractive to butterflies. The leaves are about 3 in. long (7 cm), heart shaped, and coarsely toothed. One of the few asters that tolerates shade, White Wood Aster can be used at the edge of woodlands or placed at the front of the border.

  • Grows up to 12-30 in. tall (30-75 cm) and 18-30 in. wide (45-75 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade to full shade in moderately fertile, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant.
  • Vital ingredient of late summer and fall borders, cottage gardens, banks and slopes or butterfly gardens. Asters are also valued for the excellent quality of their cut flowers.
  • Propagate by seed or by division. Cut back after flowering.
  • Generally pest and disease free. Keep an eye out for powdery mildews. Rabbit and deer resistant!
  • Native to eastern North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Aster
Common names White Wood Aster
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" - 36"
(80cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Midwest, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Northeast, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Southeast, Tennessee, United States, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Full Shade, Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Symphyotrichum chilense (Pacific Aster)
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Aster
Common names White Wood Aster
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" - 36"
(80cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Midwest, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Northeast, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Southeast, Tennessee, United States, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Full Shade, Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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