Aster ericoides, also known as Heath Aster or Frost Aster, is a species of flowering plant in the aster family. It is native to North America and is found in meadows, fields, and along roadsides. The plant grows to a height of 2 to 4 feet, with hairy stems and bright blue, purple or white flowers that bloom in late summer or early autumn. The flowers are arranged in flat-topped clusters and have yellow centers. The leaves are narrow, linear, and a light green color, with a slightly toothed edge.
Heath Aster is a popular ornamental plant, prized for its long blooming period and attractive flowers. It is also valued for its ability to attract butterflies and other pollinators. This plant is hardy and easy to grow, and it can adapt to a range of soils and growing conditions. Heath Aster is a good choice for gardeners who want to create a colorful, low-maintenance garden, and it can also be used in wildflower meadows, natural landscaping, and as a cut flower.
Botanical Name: Aster ericoides
Syn. Symphyotrichum ericoides
Common Name: Heath Aster, Myrten Aster, Frost Aster
Flower Color: White
Flowering Period: August to October
Plant Height: 3 ft. (100 cm)
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Water Requirements: Average
Soil Requirements: Well drained, average soil
USDA Zones: 3-9