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.
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Tags: Pachysandra terminalis – Japanese Pachysandra, Hedera helix – English Ivy, Hardiness: USDA Zones 3-8, Use under trees, in borders, in woodland gardens and to control erosion, Easy to grow and maintain; can be aggressive, Water Requirements: Dry, Moist, Light Requirements: Partial Shade, Shade, Soil Requirements: Dry, Acidic, Attracts butterflies to its flowers; birds, e.g., juncos and goldfinches, like the seeds, No serious pests or diseases, Tolerates shallow, rocky soil, dry soil, drought, dense shade, and deer, Spreads vigorously by rhizomes and seeds, The fruits are tipped with white bristles and are seed-like and dry, Prolific, 1-inch composite flowers with white rays and yellow-to-red disks bloom in relatively flattopped clusters from July to October, Toothed, heart-shaped basal leaves and lance-like distal leaves on dark, often zig-zag, stems, Loose clumping, herbaceous perennial