Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: rich, average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: July, August, September, October
Bloom Color: white, lavender
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, clumping, colonizing, creeping, fall interest, naturalizing, rock garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Symphyotrichum lateriflorumAlso known as:
small white aster,
Aster agrostifolius, Aster lateriflorus
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum is a medium-sized aster that usually does not exceed a height of 3', with small flowers about 1/3" across. The central stems are horizontally branched, hence the specific epithet "lateriflorum". The common name "calico aster" is a reference to its flower disks that dramatically change color with age, from yellow at first, to deep-red and purple when mature. Flowers within a single cluster will therefore have very different colored centers, giving them a calico effect. The daisy-like petals can be pale blue or lavender, to almost pure white.
This species is easy to grow in average, moist to dry, well-drained soils. It will tolerate light shade, but to the detriment of flower production. Stems may be pinched back early to encourage branching, a denser appearance, and increased flower yield. Its low, spreading form and adaptability to dry conditions, make it a good choice for rock gardens and perennial flower borders. Bloom times will vary according to geographic location from July to October. Zones 3-8
Propagate from seed.
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum is believed to hybridize readily in nature with other white asters, making them difficult to distinguish.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: NY
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