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Symphyotrichum lateriflorum - Calico Aster

Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Loamy-Clay

Height: 2 feet

Spread: 1 - 2 feet

Blooms: August, September, October

Root: Fibrous, Rhizomatous

Habitat: Woodland borders, Moist meadows. This plant is primarily a woodland species, but it often strays into moist sunny areas nearby. It prefers areas with a history of disturbance.

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Meadow plantings, Naturalization, Shady gardens

Complimentary Plants: Blue-stemmed Goldenrod, New England Aster, Black-eyed Susan

Wildlife Value: The florets of Calico Aster have shorter nectar tubes than many other species of asters, and they attract a wide variety of insects, particularly in sunny areas.  Host Plant: Pearl Crescent, Silvery Checkerspot Butterflies, many species of Moths. 

Seed Origin: Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Germination Code: A


Photo credits:  Sundaura Alford-Purvis

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum - Calico Aster

  • Loose clusters of flowers are found concentrated mainly on one side of the widely spreading branches of Calico Aster. Like most Asters, it attracts a variety of insects but it has shorter nectar tubes. Its common name refers to the diverse colors of the disk florets as they mature. This aster is more attractive in woodland, or semi shaded areas, where it has a delicate appearance.

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