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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (L.) Nesom
White heath aster, Heath Aster, White Aster, White Prairie Aster
Synonyms: Aster ericoides, Aster multiflorus
USDA Symbol: SYERE
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Heath aster is a bushy, grayish, 1-3 ft. perennial with densely clustered, miniature, daisy-like, white flowers. The tiny leaves resemble those of the heath plant.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct , Nov
AR , AZ , CO , CT , DE , IA , IL , IN , KS , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
ME to PA & Man., s. to MS and Mex. Native Habitat:
Dry prairies; roadsides USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Dry soils. Conditions Comments:
Heath aster is a bushy, grayish, perennial
with densely clustered, miniature, daisy-like, white flowers. The tiny leaves resemble those of the heath plant.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Pearl Crescent
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: No
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
PropagationDescription: Best propagated by division of mature plants which produce numerous, easily-separated rhizomes. Divide in late fall or very early spring. Germination of seed is usually quite low.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seeds require dry stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0621
Collected Nov 5, 1993 in Bexar County by Judith C. BerryNPSOT 0617
Collected Oct 30, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth WhiteNPSOT 0978
Collected Oct 30, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 0590
Collected Oct 19, 1990 in Comal County by Harry Cliffe NPSOT 1121
Collected Oct 12, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
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Record Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: NPIS, LAS