Wooden Surface

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum

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)

  • details

    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

  • special notes

    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.