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PlantFiles: Heath Aster, Squarrose White Aster, Tufted White Prairie Aster
Symphyotrichum ericoides

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Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Symphyotrichum (sim-fy-oh-TRY-kum) (Info)
Species: ericoides (er-ik-OY-dees) (Info)

Synonym:Aster ericoides
Synonym:Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Violet/Lavender
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive puretexan On Nov 17, 2011, puretexan from Kerrville, TX wrote:

This great plant actually volunteered in my backyard last year, but after giving it insufficient time to reveal itself (it blooms late and has a tall upright, wiry aspect) I gave up on it and pulled it up. This year, however, I was more patient, and WOW!! was I ever rewarded! I looked out one day in October after the days began to finally cool off here in the Hill Country, and this thing was blooming like gangbusters. Only bloomed for about a month - but the blooms were crisp and white, and the bees went nuts. Great in the back area of my wildflower garden, since it is tall (4'), and it's doing well in spite of being murdered last year and in spite of the alkaline soil here. Apparently it does not require acidic soil. Great plant. And tough.

Positive mrs_colla On Sep 24, 2007, mrs_colla from Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

My friend gave me this plant on the verge of death 2 weeks ago. I added some compost and BOOM! Flowers all over!! The bees love it very, very much.
Odour is a bit hmmm, different. Not very pleasant but not unpleasant either.

Positive frostweed On Dec 6, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Heath Aster, Squarrose White Aster, Tufted White Prairie Aster Symphyotrichum ericoides is native to Texas and other States.
It is a beautiful and hardy plant, that puts on a lovely show in the Fall.

Neutral ospreyhome On Nov 7, 2006, ospreyhome from Chiloquin, OR wrote:

I live in the Klamath basin in Oregon. This plant has attractive foliage but does not bloom for very long i the late summer. It isn't at all floppy but stays upright like grasses such as Blue Avena grass.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Heath aster is a Missouri native plant that typically occurs in open rocky woods, prairies and along roads and railroads. A bushy, somewhat compact plant with many-branched stems which typically grows 1' to 3' tall. Small, daisy-like flowers (1/2 inch across) are borne in profusion in spreading, often one-sided, dense sprays (racemes) in late summer to early fall. Ray flowers are usually white, but infrequently blue or pink and center disks are yellow. Distinctive leaves (to 3" long) are narrow (1/4" wide), rigid, linear and heath-like (hence the common name). Good cut flower. Attractive to butterflies.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

La Jolla, California
San Anselmo, California
Ellijay, Georgia
Ranger, Georgia
Belton, Missouri
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Chiloquin, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Dalworthington Gardens, Texas
Dean, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
San Antonio, Texas



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