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Aster ericoides 'Syn. Symphyotrichum ericoides'

White Heath Aster

A low, dense groundcover that is smothered in 1/2" single white flowers with gold centers in September. A good strong grower and a totally new look and use for an aster. Narrow grey-green foliage is a great host plant for many varieties of butterflies. Easy to grow, this tolerant perennial thrives as a groundcover in dry conditions. Butterflies flock to the masses of tiny flowers for nectar in early fall.

Benefits

  • Lightly fragrant flowers attract butterflies
  • A favorite of the Pearl Crescent butterfly
  • Thrives in dry, open sites
  • Rhizomatous root system helps stabilize soils
  • Deer resistant while providing great cover
  • Perfect groundcover for dry shade

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow, low maintenance plant for tough areas like dry shade. 


Height
12-36 in

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Spread
18-24 in

USDA Hardiness Zone 4 or 5 -8

Native Range

Found in dry prairies and roadsides.

Native Trivia

Native Asters offer a huge selection of plants for late season interest. Using several different types in your garden will bring a 12 to 16 week period of constant bloom attracting a wide range of butterflies and moths throughout that time.

Good Companions
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Deer Resistant
Ground cover
Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Medium to Tall Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Dry Shade
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Fragrant
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
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Connecticut
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Massachusetts
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