Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, clay
Bloom Time: August, September, October
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, clumping, deer resistant, naturalizing, shade garden plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Eurybia divaricataAlso known as:
white wood aster,
Aster boykinii, Aster carmesinus, Aster castaneus, Aster claytonii, Aster divaricatus, Aster excavatus, Aster flexilis, Aster stilettiformis, Aster tenebrosus
Eurybia divaricata is a shade-loving aster. It produces large quantities of flowers with white rays and yellow central disks, that seem to float above the contrasting deep-green foliage. Although the individual flowers are delicate and only 1" across, it blooms in large, showy terminal clusters. The leaves are spade-like, coarsely serrated. The stems tend to zigzag, and can range in color from dark green to almost black, offering yet another contrasting element to the plant. As the flowers mature, their central disk goes from yellow, to red and bronze, before going to seed.
White wood asters are one of the earliest fall-bloomers, and about as close as you can get to the ideal wildflowers for dry shade. If anything, some people find it can do too well, and take over. It performs best under filtered light, with up to 3 hours of direct sun a day. The soil should be well-drained, and slightly acidic. Heavy soil that remains consistently moist, can lead to foliar disease, especially if combined with poor air circulation. The seeds are easily dispersed by the wind, and this species can spread aggressively in ares that are disturbed or sparsely planted. However, dead-heading will keep this species in check, unwanted plants can be easily removed. The blooming period occurs from late summer to mid-fall, and lasts for up to 2 months. Zones 4-8
The seeds are easily dispersed by the wind, and can be difficult to collect. Easy to propagate by division in spring.
Cutting the plants back to 6" late in spring will produce a denser form. Combines beautifully with low ground covers such as Asarum canadense, and with ferns such as Osmunda cinnamosa.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, CT, DC, DE, GA, KY, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV
|Species||Eurybia divaricata||white wood aster|