Aster divaricatus - White wood aster

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Aster divaricatus is a mounding perennial that forms dense colonies from underground rhizomes. In late summer starry white daisies cover the plant and gleam in the shade. Plants are tough and adaptable prospering in part shade or shade and in dry or moist soils. 

This is a woodland aster that occurs in dry open woods, in clearings, on roadsides and on the edges of deciduous forests. 

Heart shaped leaves occur at ground level and smaller ovate leaves higher on the stems.

Plants grow 2-3’ tall with 2-4’ spread.

 They self-seed to the point that some describe the plant as “weedy”.  This should not be an issue in a natural setting but in smaller gardens, dead-heading can limit seed production.

Aster divaricatus is drought tolerant and somewhat unpalatable to deer and rabbits.

To encourage density, plants can be cut back to 6” in late spring. 

 

Plants host caterpillars of the Pearl Crescent and Checkerspot Butterflies.