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Eurybia divaricatus

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Aster corymbosus
  • Aster divaricatus
  • Symphyotrichum divaricatum
Phonetic Spelling
yoor-RIB-ee-uh dy-vair-ih-KAY-tus
Description

Eurybia divaricatus, commonly called White Wood Aster, is a herbaceous perennial native to the Eastern United States and typically grows wild in dry open woods. It grows in loose clumps with dark, sprawling, sometimes zigzag stems up to 2 feet, 6 inches tall. The plant does well in open shade gardens, woodland areas, native plant gardens or cottage gardens. White Wood Aster produces a dry seed-like fruit (achene) tipped with white bristles in the winter and produces small but abundant flowers in late summer to early fall. The flowers attract bees and  butterflies while the seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals.

Eurybia divaricatus was formerly known as Aster divaricatus. It is moderately resistant to deer damage and is a host plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly. 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.

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.

Fire Risk: This plant has a medium flammability rating. 

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#butterflies#deciduous#songbirds#drought tolerant#herbs#wildlife plant#wildflowers#showy#low maintenance#host plant#food source#fire#medium flammability#NC native#pollinator plant#native wildflower#larval host plant#food source winter
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#deciduous#songbirds#drought tolerant#herbs#wildlife plant#wildflowers#showy#low maintenance#host plant#food source#fire#medium flammability#NC native#pollinator plant#native wildflower#larval host plant#food source winter
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Eurybia
    Species:
    divaricatus
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern United States
    Fire Risk Rating:
    medium flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    Seeds edible by birds and small mammals. Host plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Songbirds and small mammals eat the seeds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Bracts
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small but abundant flowers with white rays and yellow to red center disks that appear in flat-topped, terminal clusters with 6-10 white petals and a yellow center that turns bronzy purple. Its bracts are whitish with green tips.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Shape:
    Spatulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Distinctive 2-7 inch leaves that are thin, heart-shaped, stalked and coarsely toothed (serrated).
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Zig Zags
    Stem Description:
    zigzag stems up to 2.5' tall
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds