Aster - False (Boltonia asteroides)
A robust bloomer, Boltonia asteroides - False Aster provides a bright white presence from late summer to the first frosts, a time when the predominant native flower color is yellow. Hundreds of aster-like blossoms on a single plant are an inch across and feature yellow centers surrounded by narrow white ray petals that sometimes are tinged pink to purple. Narrow gray-green leaves and sturdy stems add to the plant's visual appeal. It is rhizomatous by nature so will spread, but not aggressively. Many insects are attracted to this plant, including butterflies, long and short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, skippers, moths, and beetles.
Sun Exposure - Full, Partial
Soil Moisture - Wet, Medium-Wet, Medium
Height - 4 feet
Bloom Time - August, September, October
Bloom Color - White
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery.