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Aster divaricatus

Woodland Aster / (Eurybia divaricata)

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Asters are the backbone of many late summer and fall landscapes. The white woodland aster is a terrific ground cover and is especially valuable because it grows so well in dry shade. Thin, nearly black stems are topped with clouds of white flowers in early fall.


  • Nectar plant for butterflies and other pollinators
  • Seed source for songbirds
  • Provides nesting material for birds
  • Grows in sun or dry shade
  • Great groundcover

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant in partial or full shade in average soil. Will grow in dry soil once established. Plant together with spring or summer blooming plants to extend the color of the border into fall.  If the plants get too tall they can fall over. Tp prevent that cut them back to about 12" by early June. After the flowers finish blooming songbirds feed on the seed so don't cut them back intil late winter or early spring.

18-24 Inches


18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Woods; New Hampshire to Ontario, south to Ohio and Maryland and in the mountains to Georgia.

Distribution Maps by State and County

Native Trivia

After the flowers finish blooming juncos, sparrows and goldfinches feed on the seed so leave the plants standing through the winter. The fluffy seed is also used by a variety of birds to build nests.

"This plant provides nectar, seeds, nesting material and cover for butterflies, birds and other wildlife."

Good Companions
Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum), Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia), Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea), New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae), Bottle Gentian (Gentiana clausa), Southern Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia), Creek sedge (Carex amphibola)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Perennials
  • Filtered Shade
  • Sun
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Fall
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Dry Shade
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Forest
Foliage Color
  • Dark Green
  • Border
  • Cut or dried flower
  • Drought tolerant
  • Ground cover
  • Meadow
  • Naturalizes
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia