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Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
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Aster divaricatus

white wood aster

(syn. Eurybia divaricata)

Produces a fairyland of glistening small white daisies in September and October. Lovely when naturalized in shade and average to dry soil. Found in deciduous woods and along roadsides of the Eastern US.

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2-3 Feet


2-4 Feet


12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

white wood aster Interesting Notes

The delicate, airy clouds of white wood aster are a must-have for every fall garden. This lovely aster is among the first to bloom in late summer.  Small, white, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers that fade to red are borne atop dark green to black stems. This perennial groundcover grows 1½-2½’ tall in filtered shade to full shade in neutral to slightly acidic soils. Eurybia divaricata is a vigorous grower and is a favorite for attracting wildlife. It is a good candidate for use on the woodland edge or in the naturalistic garden. White wood aster is especially attractive poking through other plants such as Polygonatum biflorumOsmundastrum cinnamomeum,Solidago caesiaTiarella cordifolia, and Asarum canadense. - Mt. Cuba Center

A late-summer hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains helped me appreciate and see this beautiful native Aster in a new light. I was amazed to find it blooming happily and robustly in the shade! This 2' softly sprawling Aster provides a delicate carpet of snowflakes in fall that combines naturally with gingers, mosses, partridgeberry and ferns. The small but numerous flowers have white single petals with yellow centers. The flowers fade to subtle burgundy and rose-pink that are equally attractive. Black, twiggy stems provide a strong contrast to white flowers and are quite showy as well. A must in the woodland garden! Native. - Niche Garden

Aster divaricatus Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in part to full shade in average to dry soil.

Good Substitutions

white wood aster Aster divaricatus 'Eastern Star'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Green Infrastructure
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Open pollinated