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Symphyotrichum pilosum

Common Name(s):
Oldfield aster
Categories:
Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:


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.) asterisAndrena (Callandrena s.l.) asteroidesAndrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticinctaAndrena (Cnemidandrena) nubeculaAndrena (Callandrena s.l.) placataAndrena (Callandrena s.l.) simplexand Colletes simulans.

Compare this Plant to:  Symphyotrichum lateriflorumSymphyotrichum novi-belgiiSymphyotrichum prenanthoides

 

Height:
4 - 5 ft.
Habit:
Deciduous
Fruit:
Achene
Tags:
bees, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, butterflies, native bees, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 3168

Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pringlei Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pringlei
Symphyotrichum pilosum Flowers
Joshua Mayer, CC-BY-SA-2.0