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Boltonia asteroides (Boltonia)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Boltonia asteroides

Boltonia asteroides (L.) L'Hér.

Boltonia, White Doll's Daisy

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Inflorescence: Head
Leaf: Green
Flower: Flower 1 1/2 inches across
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Will bloom late summer until frost.


USA: 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 Conditions

Water 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


Use 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
Attracts: Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Propagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According 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

Research Literature

Reslit 357 - Acetylenic and Terpenoid Constituents of Boltonia asteroides (1994) J. G. Diaz, B. Barba and W. Herz
Reslit 1109 - Drought response of three ornamental herbaceous perennials (2000) K. J. Prevete, R. T. Fernandez and W. B. Miller

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

USDA: Find Boltonia asteroides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Boltonia asteroides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Boltonia asteroides


Record Modified: 2013-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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