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Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum
Symphyotrichum pilosum (Willd.) G.L. Nesom var. pilosum
Hairy White Oldfield Aster, Frost Aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Aster ericoides var. platyphyllus, Aster ericoides var. villosus, Aster juniperinus, Aster pilosus, Aster pilosus var. platyphyllus, Aster ramosissimus, Aster villosus
USDA Symbol: SYPIP3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
The stems, branches and often the leaves of this stout, leafy, much-branched aster are frequently covered with white hairs. The leaves are stiff and narrow, and the flower heads are scattered throughout the upper half of the 3-5 ft. perennial. Showy, white ray flowers surround yellow discs.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 5 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
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: BC , ON , QC
Native Distribution: ME to Ont. & s.e. MN, s. to n. FL, LA & e. KS
Native Habitat: Dry or mesic thickets & clearings
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds, 5/8" deep, outside in fall or provide cold stratification. Also propagated by "softwood" cuttings taken in late spring.
Commercially Avail: yes
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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
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 pilosum var. pilosum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-27
Research By: TWC Staff