Foliage of Eurybia (Aster) divaricata 'Eastern Star' (White Wood Aster) grown in a gallon-sized container

Eurybia divaricata 'Eastern Star' (Aster divaricatus) (White Wood Aster)

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Eurybia divaricata (syn. Aster divaricatus), often referred to as white wood aster, is a native, clump-forming perennial wildflower indigenous to most of northeastern North America; the 'Eastern Star' cultivar of white wood aster is noted for its compact size, growing to only 12-18" tall, as well as its stocky, vigorous growth even in deeply shaded locations. Despite its smaller stature, 'Eastern Star' produces profuse white, daisy-like flowers, which are among the first to bloom in late summer, lasting through well into early autumn.

Though the straight species, Eurybia divaricata, grows in woodlands, meadows, and near bodies of water, the 'Eastern Star' cultivar's compact habit gives it better resistance to dry locations and seasonal drought, making it an attractive choice for dry shade plantings. White wood aster provides a valuable food source for pollinators in the later months of summer and fall, and their persistent seeds are eaten by migratory birds through the late fall and into the winter; white wood aster reproduces easily by seed, though 'Eastern Star' does not come true from seed, so it may be beneficial to deadhead flowers after bloom.

Native to U.S. and Native to Maryland
Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
Deciduous
Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Well-drained
Soil Type: Average, Wide Tolerance, and Poor
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: White
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Fall Color, and Groundcover
Tolerances: Drought Tolerant, Shade Tolerant, and Dry Shade Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden, Pollinator Garden, Small Space, and Container

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