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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.

Benefits

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.


Height
18-24 Inches

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Spread
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)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
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
Uses
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