Symphyotrichum divaricatum (Nutt.) G.L. Nesom
Southern Annual Saltmarsh Aster, Lawn American-aster, White Wood Aster, Saltmarsh Aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Aster divaricatus, Aster exilis, Aster neomexicanus, Aster subulatus var. ligulatus
USDA Symbol: SYDI2
This is a 2 ft. tall, loose, sprawling American-aster with clusters of bright, white flowers. The tiny but numerous flowers have yellow centers and white petals that fade to dark pink. Wiry, black, drooping stems may be 3 ft. in length. Large, heart-shaped leaves become gradually smaller toward the top of the plant.
This white aster is a typical late summer-early fall bloomer in open woodlands. Among the related species in the East, the taller Bigleaf Aster (Eurybia macrophylla) has large, thick, rough leaves, lavender flowers, and rough, glandular flower stalks. When very young, its leaves may be cooked and eaten as greens. Both species used to be in the genus Aster.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , KS , LA , MO , MS , NE , NM , OK , TN , TX
Native Distribution: S. ME to OH, s. to GA & TN
Native Habitat: Dry woods & clearings
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Mesic to dry, average to rich soils.
Conditions Comments: White wood aster is easy to grow in partly shady gardens. It will flower in full shade and spreads readily.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
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PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0620 Collected Nov 5, 1993 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-MM-784 Collected 2006-10-16 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Symphyotrichum divaricatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum divaricatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-05-01
Research By: TWC Staff