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PlantFiles: White Wood Aster
Eurybia divaricata

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eurybia (yoor-RIB-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: divaricata (dy-vair-ih-KAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Aster divaricatus
Synonym:Symphyotrichum divaricatum

10 vendors have this plant for sale.

16 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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


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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
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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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Sep 23, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Here in Massachusetts this is a common wild plant, not only of woodlands but also of shady urban yards and waste places where little else can grow. It is tough and tolerant of dry shade.

Gertrude Jeckyll, the inventor of the perennial border, liked to mix it with Bergenia, for a contrast in textures. It looks weedy to me, especially because of the irregular gaps between its narrow petals (ray florets), and I'd prefer the even finer texture of S. cordifolium, if I were looking for such an effect.

It spreads by short rhizomes, but not too aggressively. It also self-sows here. It can form a continuous, weed-excluding ground cover.

It is rarely planted in this part of the country. Most of the plants I encounter as a professional gardener are volunteers and I remove them as weeds.

If I had to choose, I'd rather grow Aster cordifolius, which is also native here and found in the same places I find A. divaricatus. A. cordifolius is finer in texture, and sometimes a passable blue-violet (though usually the color of skim milk).

Positive Rickwebb On Sep 22, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

My biggest customer in southeast PA has an area of this perennial in the backyard among a good number of other plants in part-shade. Its small white flowers bloom in late summer and early autumn. It has a nice airy texture when in bloom. It is like or an actual groundcover.

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

White wood aster is native to the Eastern U.S. and typically grows in the wild in dry open woods. Grows in loose clumps with dark, sprawling, sometimes zigzag stems up to 2.5' tall. Distinctive leaves are heart-shaped, stalked and coarsely toothed. Small but abundant flowers (to 1" across) have white rays and yellow to red center disks and appear in flat-topped, terminal clusters in late summer to early fall. Attractive to butterflies.


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

Wilmington, Delaware
Humarock, Massachusetts
Reading, Massachusetts
Southborough, Massachusetts
Spencer, Massachusetts
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Constantine, Michigan
Cape May, New Jersey
Frenchtown, New Jersey
New Providence, New Jersey
Buffalo, New York
Glen Cove, New York
Panama, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Chardon, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Greenville, South Carolina
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Langley, Washington

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