Boltonia asteroides (L.) L'Hér.
Boltonia, White doll's daisy
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: BOAS
Broad flat clusters of generally small flower heads with white to pink, purple, or blue rays surrounding a dome-shaped, yellow central disk.
This plant escapes from cultivation and establishes itself locally. Its fruit has spines somewhat like those of beggars-ticks (Bidens species).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Flower: Flower 1 1/2 inches across
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Will bloom late summer until frost.
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI
Canada: MB , SK
Native Distribution: Saskatchewan and Manitoba; Maine south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to North Dakota.
Native Habitat: Sandy or gravelly, moist to wet places.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Drought Tolerance: High
Soil Description: acidic, rich, also tolerates clay
BenefitUse Ornamental: Adds white color to the autumn garden. Two cultivars, Snowbank and Pink Beauty, are useful in Zones 6 and 7.
Use Wildlife: Butterfly attractant.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSupports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery - Orefield, PA
Toadshade Wildflower Farm - Frenchtown, NJ
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, The - Valhalla, NY
Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Boltonia asteroides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Boltonia asteroides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Boltonia asteroides
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff