Eurybia divaricata, White Wood Aster

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This sprawling aster (formerly classified as Aster divaricatus) traditionally blooms in late summer to early fall with numerous clusters of small white flowers. It is great for woodland gardens, where it grows vigorously and aggressively, even in dry shade. Although native throughout much of the Mid-Atlantic Region, it is infrequent to rare in the Coastal Plain and absent in southeastern Virginia.

Print Version: Eurybia divaricata, White Wood AsterEurybia divaricata, White Wood Aster Ground Cover Flowers En Masse and Close-up Height: 1⁄2–3 feet Spread: 11⁄2–21⁄2 feet Bloom Color: White Characteristics Loose-clumping, herbaceous perennial Prolific, 1-inch composite flowers with white rays and yellow-to-red disks bloom in relatively flat- topped clusters from July to October The fruits are tipped with white bristles and are seed-like and dry Spreads vigorously by rhizomes and seeds Attributes Tolerates shallow, rocky soil, dry soil, drought, dense shade, and deer No serious pests or diseases    Attracts butterflies to its flowers; birds, e.g., juncos and goldfinches, like the seedsGrowing and Maintenance Tips Soil Requirements: Dry, AcidicLight Requirements: Partial Shade, ShadeWater Requirements: Dry, MoistEasy to grow and maintain; can be aggressiveUse under trees, in borders, in woodland gardens and to control erosionHardiness: USDA Zones 3–8 Excellent Replacement for Hedera helix - English Ivy Pachysandra terminalis - Japanese Pachysandra

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