Beatrix Farrand Plant Profiles

Symphyotrichum ericoides, heath star


Symphyotrichum ericoides, heath aster

This late blooming plant, formerly aster ericoides, is a lovely aster growing as wide and high as 3 feet. It is covered in small daisy like blossoms on multi-branched, dense sprays. It is a native of the eastern United States and Canada and grows naturally in open fields and along the roadsides.

It is easy to grow in average garden soil, tolerates drought and even poor soil. It enjoys full sun in the border, rock garden or meadow and works well as a cut flower. Butterflies and other pollinators are attracted to its blossoms starting in late August continuing often into October.