Eurybia divaricata (syn. Aster divaricatus)
CT DR P
Soil: Slightly acidic, Well-drained
Moisture: Average to Dry
Light: Part Sun to Shade
Plant Height: 2 to 3 feet
Plant Width: 2 to 3 feet
Landscape Value: Great for deciduous woodland edges, open shade gardens, and naturalized areas. Good planted under trees, on the north or east sides of a house, or at the edge of shaded areas. Makes a good groundcover that interweaves with other shade growers.
A must-have for fall gardens. Loose-clumping perennial with dark, sprawling, sometimes zig-zag stems and distinctive heart-shaped, coarsely-toothed, stalked leaves. Airy, terminal clusters of small, white, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers bloom earlier than most asters, from August to October. Central disk flowers turn from yellow to red upon pollination. Spreads by underground stems (rhizomes) to form dense colonies. A great late season nectar source for butterflies and beetles. Seeds attract songbirds and small mammals. To ensure best disease resistance, plant in areas with good air circulation and some morning sun. Susceptible to powdery mildew if air circulation is inadequate. Tolerates black walnut, dry soil, poor soil, shallow-rocky soil, and drought. Larval host for Pearl Crescent and Checkerspot butterflies.
Landscape plugs, 2″ wide by 5″ deep, sold in quantity 5 or 10
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (photos by Thomas Muller)