Symphyotrichum divaricatum (Nutt.) G.L. Nesom
Southern Annual Saltmarsh Aster, Lawn American-aster, White Wood Aster, Saltmarsh Aster, Slender Aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Aster divaricatus, Aster exilis, Aster neomexicanus, Aster subulatus var. ligulatus
USDA Symbol: SYDI2
This is a loose, sprawling plant with clusters of bright flowers. The tiny but numerous flowers have yellow centers and pale lavender to blue to white petals, often drying pink. Wiry, drooping stems may be 3 feet long.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall, often much shorter.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , KS , KY , LA , MO , MS , NE , NM , OK , TN , TX , VA
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
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationCommercially 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
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Symphyotrichum divaricatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum divaricatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Symphyotrichum divaricatum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-11-24
Research By: TWC Staff