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Eurybia divaricatus

Common Name(s):
White wood aster
Herbs, Native Plants, Wildflowers

Eurybia divaricatus, commonly called White Wood Aster is a native to the Eastern U.S. and typically grows in the wild in dry open woods. It grows in loose clumps with dark, sprawling, sometimes zigzag stems up to 2.5' tall.  Garden uses include open shade gardens, woodland areas, native plant gardens or cottage gardens.  This wildflower produces a dry seed-like fruit (achene) tipped with white bristles.

Aster divaricatus , Aster corymbosus , Symphyotrichum divaricatum - Formerly known as Aster divaricatus

Regions:  Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plains

Seasons of Interest: 

  Blooms:  Fall            Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Winter

Wildlife Value:  This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer.  It is a host plant for Pearl Crescent butterfly.  Its flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.  Songbirds and small mammals eat the seed.  

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems: This plant has some susceptibility to powdery mildew. Aster wilt can also be an occasional problem, particularly if plants are grown in poorly-drained clay soils.


Late summer into fall
Shade to part shade
1-3 ft.
White wood aster has distinctive 2-7 inch leaves that are thin, heart-shaped, stalked and coarsely toothed (serrated). It also features smooth zig-zag stems.
White wood aster has small but abundant flowers (to 1 inch across) with white rays and yellow to red center disks and appear in flat-topped, terminal clusters in late summer to early fall. They are flat-topped clusters with 6-10 white petals and a yellow center that turns bronzy purple. Its bracts are whitish with green tips.
White wood Aster is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. It thrives in shade and tolerates dry conditions. Good air circulation and some morning sun help reduce incidence of foliar diseases. Propagate by division in the spring.
Life Cycle:
low maintenance, drought tolerant, wildlife, pollinators, songbirds, showy

NCCES plant id: 2491

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