Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry
Soil Description: neutral, poor, clay, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: August, September, October
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7
Additional Tags: rare, rock garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Symphyotrichum depauperatumAlso known as:
Aster depauperatus, Aster ericoides var. pusillus, Aster pilosus var. pusillus
Symphyotrichum depauperatum is a clump forming aster with smooth, branched, often arching, wiry flowering stems that grow to a height of 16". The leaves are alternate, oblong, and about 1 1/2" long. The flowers are small, daisy-like with white rays and a yellow disk, and form open clusters along the branches and stems.
Serpentine aster is very rare, with a native range limited to the eastern serpentine barrens. It is well adapted to poor, rocky soil, and full sun. It is drought-tolerant and a good choice for use in a rock garden or dry, sunny border. The bloom period lasts about 2 months, from late summer to mid fall. Zones 6-7
Propagate by seed.
Loss of habitat is threatening this already rare species. It is a very tough and resilient plant that is worthy of more attention.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
MD, PA, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: MD
- Threatened: PA
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