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Symphyotrichum pilosum, Frost Aster

Symphyotrichum pilosum

Old Field Aster or Frost Aster

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Average to moderately wet or dry soils.
  • 36” to 48" tall 24" to 36" wide
  • Fall blooming
  • Ontario Native, Meadow species, will tolerate dry settings.

Still new to me, grown from seeds from the Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library.  

Potos I’ve found online give the impression of an Aster that is, visually, half way between Heath Aster and Panicled Aster in form and flowers. They become quite smothered in white blooms in the mid to late fall.

I’m not yet sure whether they are a spreading or a clump forming species, so a meadow or wildflower garden would be my recommendation for ecosystem.

Companion species would be most meadow grasses and other Asters and Goldenrods.

Photos by Elizabeth Ballard, Fritzflohrreynolds and jfox16 Via Wikimedia Commons

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Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality