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Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum (Willd.) Nesom
Frost aster, Hairy white oldfield aster
Synonyms: Aster pilosus
USDA Symbol: SYPIP3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The stems, branches and often the leaves of this stout, leafy, much-branched aster are frequently covered with white hairs. The leaves are stiff and narrow, and the flower heads are scattered throughout the upper half of the 3 ft. perennial. Showy, white ray flowers surround yellow disks.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: BC
, QC Native Distribution:
ME to Ont. & s.e. MN, s. to n. FL, LA & e. KS Native Habitat:
Dry or mesic thickets & clearings USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds, 5/8 deep, outside in fall or provide cold stratification. Also propagated by softwood cuttings taken in late spring.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff