Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (Aster lateriflorus)
$3.95 – $9.95
Photo Credit: Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS
Soil: Mesic(Medium) to Xeric(Dry)
Sun: Part sun to Shade
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.
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!
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.”