Lovely, sweet, white flowers adorn the long stems of this bushy woodland perennial. The purple-red centers of the blooms add contrast and color a shade garden.
The common name, Calico Aster, comes from the varied colors as the blossoms mature at different times. This aster is an important one for native bees that have a short proboscis (tongue), as its nectar tubes are much shorter than others, serving as a valuable energy source for these short-tongued insects.
ECO-TYPE: grown from wild collected seed found in Norfolk County, MA
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Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (Calico aster)
SIZE: 1/2 quart pot type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade, shade water needs: dry, average, moist height: 2' plant spacing: 1/sq ft bloom time: August, September, October bloom color: white
good plant companions
Joe-pye weed, switchgrass, dense blazing star
deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof) salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.