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Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (White heath aster)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides

Symphyotrichum ericoides (L.) G.L. Nesom var. ericoides

White Heath Aster, Heath Aster, White Aster, White Prairie Aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Aster ericoides, Aster ericoides var. prostratus, Aster exiguus, Aster multiflorus, Aster multiflorus var. exiguus, Aster multiflorus var. prostratus, Aster polycephalus, Lasallea ericoides, Symphyotrichum ericoides var. prostratum, Virgulus ericoides


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

Heath Aster is a bushy, grayish, 1-3 ft. perennial with densely clustered, miniature, daisy-like, usually white flowers. The tiny leaves resemble those of the heath plant.


From the Image Gallery

24 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Blue
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Ray flowers usually white, rarely pink or bluish.


USA: 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 , MB , ON , QC , SK
Native Distribution: ME to PA & Man., s. to MS and Mex.
Native Habitat: Dry prairies; roadsides

Growing Conditions

Water 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.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Pearl Crescent
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: No

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

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

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Pearl Crescent
(Phyciodes tharos)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA


Description: 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 Treatment: Seeds require dry stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0590 Collected Oct 19, 1990 in Comal County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0978 Collected Oct 30, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
NPSOT 1121 Collected Oct 12, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0617 Collected Oct 30, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0621 Collected Nov 5, 1993 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry

5 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Web Reference

Webref 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 resources

USDA: Find Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides


Record Modified: 2023-01-20
Research By: NPIS, LAS

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