- Common Name(s):
- Oldfield aster
- Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Grows well in dry conditions.
Oldfield Aster is a herbaceous perennial that may grow 4 to 5 feet tall. The leaves are alternate with a smooth margin. Both the stem and leaves are covered with fine hairs. Small, white flowers with a yellow center first mature in late summer and persist into late fall. The herb produces a dry seed (achene) that matures in late fall.
Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal
Seasons of Interest:
Blooms: Late Summer/Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Winter
Wildlife Value: Moderately deer resistant. Host plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Songbirds and small mammals eat the seeds. Members of the genus Symphyotrichum support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) asteris, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) asteroides, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticincta, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) nubecula, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) placata, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) simplex, and Colletes simulans.
- 4 - 5 ft.
NCCES plant id: 3168