Woodland Aster Perennials for Sale Online
Woodland aster or Aster divaricatus is a beautiful North American native wildflower that grows well under trees and at the edge of the woods. It forms a low mound of bright green leaves on upright stems.The white wood aster produces a profusion of small white daisies that start in the fall and lasts well past the last frost.White Wood Aster is a favorite host plant for caterpillars of the Pearl Crescent and Checkerspot Butterflies.
Aster divaricatus was one of 7 asters that received the highest rating in the Chicago Botanic Gardens trials of asters. According to the study, Aster divaricatus displayed consistently strong habits, superior flower production, excellent disease resistance, and full winter hardiness throughout a six-year evaluation term.”
About Your Aster divaricatus
Shade Loving Woodland Aster
Unlike most other species of Fall Aster, White Woodland Aster is suitable for shady sites. A North American native wildflower, this grows well under shrubs and at the edge of woodland gardens. It forms a low mound of bright green leaves, bearing upright stems of small white daisies, held on dark stems stems. Also tolerates sunny locations, and will naturalize well in the woodland or meadow garden. Although not yet widely grown, this species deserves much wider use in North American gardens and landscapes.
|Mature Height:||2 to 3 feet|
|Mature Width:||2 to 2.5 feet|
|Sunlight:||Part Sun to Full Shade|
|Habit:||Upright, clump forming|
|Flower Color:||White with yellow to red centers|
|Flowering Season:||August to September|
|Soil Condition:||Prefers dry, average to sandy soil, wont tolerate wet soil in winter|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting. Attracts pollinators and hummingbirds|
How to Care for Aster divaricatus
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Aster divaricatus plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Aster divaricatus does prefer drier soils in the winter so if there was ever a plant that we would recommend not adding topsoil or compost this is one. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardener’s best friend and can help guarantee your success.