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Eurybia divaricata - (L.) G.L.Nesom

Common Name White wood aster
Family Asteraceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Found in dry open woods as well as along wood-edges and clearings.
Range Native to eastern North America. It occurs in the eastern United States, primarily in the Appalachian Mountains, also present in southeastern Canada.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Eurybia divaricata White wood aster

Eurybia divaricata White wood aster
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Aster divaricatus L. is a synonym of Eurybia divaricata (L.) G.L.Nesom

Physical Characteristics

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Eurybia divaricata is a deciduous Perennial growing to 0.9 m (3ft) by 0.9 m (3ft in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Aster divaricatus. Aster boykinii E.S.Burgess. Aster carmesinus E.S.Burgess. Aster castaneus E.S.Burgess. Aster claytonii E.S.Burgess. Aster corymbosus Sol. ex Aiton. Aster divaricatus L. Aster elatus Bertero ex Steud. Aster excavatus E.S.Burgess. Aster fischeri Kuntze. Aster flexilis E.S.Burgess. Aster stilettiformis E.S.Burgess. Aster tenebrosus E.S.Burgess. Biotia corymbosa var. alata (W.P.C.Barton) DC. Eurybia corymbosa (Sol. ex Aiton) Cass.


Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

The young leaves of the plant can be cooked and eaten.

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Medicinal Uses

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None Known

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Other Uses

Shade/Semi-shade in woodland gardens. Grow and flower in dry shade. Fragrant Blooms. Ornamental - flowering earlier than many other asters. Invertebrates shelter: beneficial for insects and other arthropods. Nectary: provides nectar or pollen for beneficial insects [1-2]. Attractive to butterflies.

Special Uses

Food Forest

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Cultivation details

A spreading rhizome herbaceous Perennial flowering earlier than many other asters. Flowers are small but abundant (to 1 inch across). It needs average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in sun, part shade to full shade. Thrives in shade and tolerates dry conditions. Prefers shade to sun. Growth Habit: Clump-forming. Flowering Period: Aug to Oct. Flower Colour: White. Flower: Showy. Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years. Little problem with both disease and insects. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. The root pattern is fibrous dividing into a large number of fine roots [1-2]. The root pattern is stoloniferous rooting from creeping stems above the ground [1-2]. The plant is heat tolerant in zones 9 through 1. (Plant Hardiness Zones show how well plants withstand cold winter temperatures. Plant Heat Zones show when plants would start suffering from the heat. The Plant Heat Zone map is based on the number of "heat days" experienced in a given area where the temperature climbs to over 86 degrees F (30°C). At this temperature, many plants begin to suffer physiological damage. Heat Zones range from 1 (no heat days) to 12 (210 or more heat days). For example Heat Zone. 11-1 indicates that the plant is heat tolerant in zones 11 through 1) .

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Propagate by division in spring.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

White star aster, White wood aster, wood aster, Eurybia divaricata, Aster divaricatus

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Found In

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Canada, North America, USA.

Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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