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Aster 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

Dry, shaded, well-drained soils from Maine to Georgia west to New Mexico excluding the Carolinas, Florida and Louisiana

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.


"While you'll love its flowers and easy to grow nature, I love the cover it's dense foliage provides!"

Good Companions
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Medium to Tall Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Dry Shade
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Fragrant
Ground cover
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin