Hardy, early fall-blooming, native perennial
Description: Airy masses of pure white, daisy-like flowers with yellow to red centers; heart-shaped leaves on wiry, dark-green to black stems
Habit: Grows up to 2.5' high and wide; forms loose clumps; vigorous
Culture: Prefers partial to full shade and moist to dry soils; drought tolerant; blooms best with around 3 hours of sun
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Native to deciduous woodlands in eastern North America, the White Wood Aster is a lovely, vigorous, fall-blooming wildflower suitable for dry, shady places. This species was included in Linnaeus' Species Plantarum (1753) as Aster divaricatus, and utilized as an edging plant by the famous English gardener, Gertrude Jekyll. Writing in Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden (1908), Jekyll found it, in combination with Bergenias, "one of the most useful of these filling plants for edge spaces that just want some pretty trimming but are not wide enough for anything larger." The flowers are very attractive to butterflies and it’s a host plant for the larvae of Pearl Crescent and Checkerspot butterflies.
Arrives in a 1 quart pot.