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 Symbol: SYERE
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
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 InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Blue
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Ray flowers usually white, rarely pink or bluish.
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsWater 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.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Pearl Crescent
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: No
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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PropagationDescription: 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 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
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0621 Collected Nov 5, 1993 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry
NPSOT 0617 Collected Oct 30, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
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
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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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 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
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-20
Research By: NPIS, LAS