Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Frost Aster

Symphyotrichum pilosum
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

3 to
5
feet

Spread:

2 to
4
feet
Size
Height: 3 to
5
feet
Spread: 2 to
4
feet
Size
Height: 3 to
5
feet
Spread: 2 to
4
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Establishment and Care Instructions
Full sun and poor, rocky soil is best for this plant.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Small, white flowers, with yellow centers, on branched stems. The flowering branches have a soft, hairy covering. Also known as hairy white oldfield and hairy aster, as it provides a good display late in autumn, after several frosts. Important to wildlife. Shows up in landscapes without planting. Very aggressive.Photo by Scott Woodbury.

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