Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (Aster lateriflorus)
Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Part Sun – Shade
Height: 1-4 feet
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Season: August – October
Suggested Uses: Calico Aster is a great plant for woodland shoreline restorations! Calico Aster has small, but very showy clusters of white flowers in the spring. It is a good source of nectar for bees and butterflies!
Native Range: Native to the eastern half of North America. Native throughout Minnesota except for the Southwest corner.
Pollinators: Bees, butterflies, moths. An excellent pollinator plant.
Flowers: The 1 ” flower-heads have 10-20 petal-like ray flowers. The central disk flowers of this branching aster can have a reddish hue.
Leaves: The large, heart-shaped, toothed basal leaves are 4-8″ long.
More information: USDA plant profile
Photo Credit: Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS