Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (Aster lateriflorus)

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (Aster lateriflorus)


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Photo Credit: Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS

Soil: Mesic(Medium) to Xeric(Dry)
Sun: Part sun to Shade
Height: 1′-4′
Color: White
Blooms: August-October
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″ across.

Suggested Uses:

A nice woodland shoreline restoration plant! Calico aster has small, but very showy clusters of white flowers in the spring! Good source of nectar for bees and butterflies!


Interesting Facts

Medicinal Uses: The Meskawi used it to treat mothers of still-born babies.
Food Uses: The tender, young leaved can be eaten as a cooked green.
Name: Aster is Latin for “star.”

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs

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