Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Heath Aster

Symphyotrichum ericoides
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost), Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Pollinators, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

1 to
2
feet

Spread:

2 to
3
feet
Size
Height: 1 to
2
feet
Spread: 2 to
3
feet
Size
Height: 1 to
2
feet
Spread: 2 to
3
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Establishment and Care Instructions
Great for poor, dry soils. Best in full sun. Does very well in soil that is well-drained. Can be aggressive in rich soils.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Beautiful, compact plant, which literally is covered in tiny, white flowers in autumn. Its blossoms resemble those of the heath plants of the British moors.This aster is perfectly suited to our climate and spreads by rhizomes to form strong, tight bushes of small leaves. Clumps can get large, especially in good soil.

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