Symphyotrichum lateriflorum - Calico Aster
Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum) is a perennial with some branching and often leans to one side. Its stem is light green or reddish brown and covered with fine white hairs. The alternate leaves are narrowly elliptic and become smaller further up the stems. The upper stems form panicles of flowerheads up to 10" long that consist of numerous small white flowers with center discs that are first yellow and later turn maroon, so flowers on one plant could include both colors, hence its common name.
Soil Moisture: Moderate, Dry
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade, Full Shade
Height: 2' - 3'
Spread: 1' - 3'
Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: September, October
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators
Symphyotrichum is a genus of over 100 species of mostly perennial and some annual flowering plants, and are commonly referred to as Asters. All of the species are native to the Americas, except one that is native to eastern Eurasia. Individual species vary greatly in plant size and flower development depending on their growing conditions, and the genetic diversity within each species is quite considerable. Asters have composite flowers, which means their central circle consists of many disk flowers (reproductive flowers) and ray flowers (petal-looking flowers on the circle's edge that attract pollinators).
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