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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Boltonia asteroides (L.) L'Hér.
Boltonia, White doll's daisy
USDA Symbol: BOAS
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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).
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Inflorescence: Head Leaf:
Flower 1 1/2 inches across
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Will bloom late summer until frost.
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. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
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
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff