Botanical Name: Symphyotrichum Laterifolium
Plant Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Description: Calico aster features rigid stems to 2' tall, multi branched and profusely flowering. The common name refers to the habit of the flowers changing colors as they mature, with the centers turning from yellow to pink or purple. It has an upright habit with masses of tiny white flowers making it similar to heath aster. 'Lady in Black' is an especially attractive cultivar with deep red foliage and a more compact growth habit.
Growing Conditions: Undemanding, grows in rocky, sandy, dry or wet soils in sun or part shade. Well suited to a woodland habitat.
Bloom Time: Late, Aug - Sep
Bloom Color: White - sometimes pink, purple, or violet depending on var.
Benefit to pollinators/wildlife: All asters are an important late season nectar source.
Native Status: US native, PA native
Location in habitat: Pollinator Demonstration Garden